Scotland’s Year of the Young Person

Why it's more important than ever to look after the Mental Health of young people. (2)

Scotland’s Year of the Young Person

Did you know that 2018 is the ‘Year of Young People’ here in Scotland?

It’s a great opportunity for generations, young and old, to come together and celebrate our great Nation’s wonderful young people and the project aim is to give young people a platform and a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives.

The Reality

The reality facing today’s young people is that by entering the workplace now, they are likely to be retiring well beyond the age of 70, so it’s now more important than ever to ensure we look after their mental health and build resilience for the challenges ahead, including all of life’s general setbacks and knocks, hopefully helping them to lead healthy, active lives.

Growing up should be one of the most enjoyable times in our lives, yet it can also be tough. Sadly, it’s often the case that children and young people don’t get the help they need as quickly as they should and, as a result, mental health issues like anxiety, low mood, depression, conduct disorders (which can be early signs of future anti social behavioural issues) and eating disorders can stop some young people achieving what they want in life and fulfilling their true potential and contribution to society.

Mental Health Education

At MHScot we believe it’s vital that we educate young people and those who surround them and help to shape their lives, as to why mental health wellbeing is so important to leading a happy and healthy life.

The unresolved mental health difficulties that young people are experiencing today, will become the even bigger issues tomorrow when they start to enter your workplace. During 2017 and into 2018 headlines about students waiting up to four months for mental health support, the number of first-year students who disclose a mental health problem has risen five-fold in the past decade and younger workers facing a future employment landscape that could damage their mental health and wellbeing are just the tip of the iceberg.

Let’s Take Action

By actively taking action in our schools, colleges, universities and communities, we can make sure that young people’s preparation for the labour market is as robust as possible and that the natural challenges and setbacks that we all face in life won’t have such devastating effects.

If you’d like any help and advice on this topic, please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to offer our support and advice.

Here’s hoping that 2018 will indeed be Year of the Young People and its effects will help for years to come.

Happy New Year to one and all.

Written by MHScot Team Member, Catherine Eadie.

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