Aye Mind Toolkit
This toolkit has been developed to assist you, youth workers, when using digital approaches to youth mental health. It includes practical information, case studies, online resources and reflection material for anyone interested in learning more about new technology, health and wellbeing.
There are various separate chapters you can go through, online and printable. You can read these at your own time and pace. We encourage you to try out and test different online platforms with us.
Aye Mind does not offer direct support for mental health issues and is not continuously monitored for messages. If you need an ambulance, call 999. If you’re in distress or need immediate help, click here to find a list of services you can talk to.
About Aye Mind
Can young people use the internet, social media and mobile technologies to improve their mental health and wellbeing?
Improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people is a key priority both nationally and locally. As part of a wider strategic approach to the promotion of child and youth mental health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and local partners are exploring the potential of digital technologies. Most importantly, the experiences and ideas of young people are at the heart of this work.
We are drawing on emerging evidence from around the world that digital communication tools and resources have great promise in the mental health sphere. The work also aligns with Commitment 6 of the Scottish Mental Health Strategy, which stresses the intention to use new technologies in the improvement of mental health nationwide.
Our exploration is considering both the many positive applications of digital technology but also considering the potential for negative impact, such as access to damaging material or adoption of negative behaviours (such as cyber-bullying and obsessive use).
In 2013 and 2014, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde collaborated with local young people aged between 15 and 21 and a wide range of partners to explore how they used the internet in relation to mental health – with the programme being named “Project 99”. The synthesised output is presented in ‘Young People Insights’.
This first phase of “Project 99” provided an excellent basis for learning and discussion with local stakeholders – with young people sharing their insights, experiences and digital design ideas directly with service deliverers and policy makers.
During late 2014 the “Project 99” partnership was delighted to get confirmation of a grant award from the European Union’s CHEST fund, which is supporting innovative approaches to using digital platforms for social good. Backed by local resources too, this next phase of work will progress during 2015-16, producing a suite of digital resources aimed at boosting young people’s mental health and also support and development resources for youth-related workers and agencies. As with the first phase, young people will be active participants in this work, using ‘co-design’ and ‘coproduction’ approaches.
The project has been rebranded as “Aye Mind” and will provide a platform for encouraging positive approaches to youth wellbeing as the work progresses.