Group calls for young vol­un­teers to help See Me

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS INVERNESS -

Young vol­un­teers in the High­lands are be­ing sought to join a na­tional pro­gramme aimed at end­ing men­tal health stigma.

The See Me pro­gramme is seek­ing peo­ple aged 16 and 25 to sup­port its train­ing for young peo­ple.

The group spoke to 885 young peo­ple and found that only 37% said they would tell some­one if they were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to cope with their men­tal health, com­pared to 78% who would tell some­one if they were phys­i­cally ill.

When asked how they cope with neg­a­tive thoughts, only 21% said they would speak to some­one who sup­ports them, 46% would stay by them­selves and 50% would cry.

Laura Sharpe, See Me’s ed­u­ca­tion and young peo­ple’s man­ager, said: “The only way to end men­tal health stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion for chil­dren and young peo­ple is to work along­side them, ac­tively in­volv­ing, en­gag­ing and em­pow­er­ing them to lead the change they hope to see in the world.”

See Me are look­ing for vol­un­teers aged 16-25, to find out more on how to ap­ply by vis­it­ing www. seemescot­

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