Mental health talk offers us real hope
SIr, – The Mental Health Foundation has revealed twothirds of us experience a mental health problem at some point in our lifetime. It is inspiring to note all the stories being shared this Mental Health Week that show a real willingness from society to challenge the perceived taboos surrounding mental ill health.
With a number of factors leading to an increase in issues faced by young people, it is important that intervention, openness and understanding begins at a young age.
We know young people see this as a matter that affects them and their communities.
Our Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Scotland sees secondary school students develop presentations to secure funding for social causes and charities of their choosing. This year to date, young people have secured £90,000 for charities supporting mental health issues. Of the more than 150 charitable awards already made this academic year through YPI, a fifth have been mental health related.
This represents a real hope for the future. Young people are recognising mental health as an issue they are empowered to talk about and tackle – that is truly heartening.
Jonathan Christie, deputy UK director, The Wood Foundation,
Fountainhall Road, Aberdeen