Children’s Mental Health Week takes place from the 6th – 12th of February. This year the aim is to encourage everyone to Spread a little Kindness
We’ve all known someone going through a tough time, and it can be hard to know what to do to help, especially where children are involved. It may sound simple but in these moments, small acts of kindness can make all the difference.
I work very closely with the Scottish Youth Parliament which represents young people from all corners of Scotland aged 12-25. There national campaign is ‘Speak your Mind’ which is focused all around young people’s mental health. More information about their campaign can be found here.
On Tuesday 7th February I attended a parliamentary reception hosted by Alex-Cole Hamilton MSP. It was attended by Teachers, Place2Be Scotland and various other MSPs. I found the night very informative.
On Friday I also attended the local youth club next to my regional office, Universal Connections. I had a chat to the staff who work with the children day in day out who stressed the importance that building a relationship with the kids has in being able to signpost them in the right direction. I am also keenly aware about how important building a relationship with other agencies in the area is for them to be able to support children who may be having mental health issues.
This research by Place2be Scotland clearly shows that there is still a lot of work to be done both nationally and locally. As the MSP for the South of Scotland I will do everything I can to support young people’s mental health. If you need support for mental health you can call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit their website here.