Young people discuss where they get information about mental health from, who they feel they can talk to, barriers to talking about mental health and where they can access support.
“I’m from a small town in an area, lots of pockets of wee villages with small town mentalities, the way people think about things are not very open. At school we didn’t learn about sexual identities or anything like that.”
In discussions about mental health young women talked about their efforts to protect and strengthen wellbeing.
“I always still walk home alone like I’m kind of independent in that sense but I’m also holding my keys in my back pocket also I’ve got my partner on call stuff like that…”
“I’m going to bring him up to be [respectful of women]… ‘cause I’ve been through that. I’ve been disrespected.”
Highland Children’s Forum was commissioned by Highland Council to undertake a service evaluation of the school-based sexual health and relationship education programme (SHARE) during 2017-2018.
“We, as young carers, must be at the centre of what is being planned – our voices must be heard so that any support offered is relevant to us”
“If you do well when you’re young it will help you when you’re older.”
“I get involved with others, I used not to”