During the development of Speak Your Mind, MSYPsidenti ed that there is currently a good deal of publicdiscussion about the state of young people’s mental health and wellbeing in Scotland, as well as the issues surrounding the provision of young people’s mental health services, such as waiting times for treatment. However,
it was found that young people’s voices aren’t always present in these discussions; there is a lack of available data about young people’s views on mental health information and services. As a rights-based organisation,our principles are rmly underpinned by the UnitedNations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), particularly Article 12 (respect for the views of the child).
As such, MSYPs identi ed a need to capture young people’sexperience and awareness of mental health services and information through youth-led research, in order to ensure that young people’s voices inform decision-making and discussions about mental health in Scotland.
This report outlines the ndings of this research, and setsout key recommendations to ensure that mental health services and information are the best they can be for Scotland’s young people. This report does not present a complete set of solutions to the challenges surrounding young people’s mental health; however, it is hoped that the recommendations contained within it, which are based on what young people have told us they need,
will make a valuable contribution to the promotion and protection of young people’s mental health in Scotland.