Aye Mind Launch

On the 1st of June, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) launched their new mental health promotion website for young people and practitioners called Aye Mind.

The programme was developed in partnership with Snook, Mental Health Foundation and Young Scot. The focus of Aye Mind is working with young people to create digital resources for wellbeing. Alongside this, the website will be used to develop support resources for youth workers and practitioners to equip them to use new communication technologies in their work with young people.

The launch event was very well attended with presentations from NHSGGC, Young Scot, Snook, Renfrewshire High School, Carnegie Trust and respectme to give people a clear idea of the background research and the importance and benefits of digital support for young people’s wellbeing. Our Policy and Participation Officer attended the launch with a young person from our LGBT National Youth Council. Brain Donnelly, who is the Director of respectme , gave us an overview of the research on Bullying in Scotland from 2014. This really helped us to see why there was a huge need for Aye Mind. Gina Wilson from the Carnegie Trust spoke of their work on the importance of digital inclusion for young people and the pupils of Renfrewshire High then told us about their experience of running a digital peer support project in their schools. It’s really amazing to see the NHS NHSGGC’s commitment to young people’s mental health and its partnership work with specialist organisations to ensure they are getting it right.

After attending the launch and finding more about the Aye Mind resource, a member of our LGBT National Youth Council said; “It’s really good to see that medical professionals are beginning to recognise barriers that some young people have in accessing mental health support. It’s a really good sign that they’re trying to overcome this by using apps and resources online to help young people feel more comfortable in accessing support.“

The project looks at giving more autonomy to young people for not only their wellbeing, but also where they feel services could begin to meet young people on platforms they already engage with in everyday life.

The young people involved in the process helped create a digital bank of resources for support workers to use when working with young people. The resources can be found here. Young people are being encouraged to continually create digital peer support materials by designing shareable and animated gifs and memes on a range of mental health and wellbeing themes. The can also be viewed and shared here.

This Year, our LGBT National Youth Council have set up a youth commission on Mental Health and the Needs of LGBT Youth People. There two aims over the next year are;

-To make medical and mental health professionals more aware of the prejudice and discrimination LGBT young people can face when seeking support.

-Support other young people to become aware of their medical rights in relation to mental health.

We feel that one of the key ways to reduce the stigma and discrimination of mental health, is to talk it through and make yourself, whether a professional or a young person, as aware as possible of the support and resources available. It’s great to see the NHS NHSGGC’s commitment to young people’s mental health and its partnership work with specialist organisations to ensure they are getting it right.

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