Families, Children and Young People
We know that 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14, and 75% by the age of 24. Our Families, Children and Young People Programmes team in Scotland is dedicated to changing this.
We strive to promote positive mental health for families, children and young people across Scotland in all of the spaces they live, learn, work and play. By collaborating with partners across education, youth work, government, health and social care, we build capacity and test solutions to improve mental health and wellbeing in our communities. We are dedicated to co-producing, testing and evaluating the best approaches and then rolling them out as widely as possible.
Find out more about some of our latest projects below and check out our Resources for Schools page to access free resources including assembly plans and guides for parents and caregivers, pupils and school staff.
Reference for first line statistics: Kessler RC, Berglund P, Demler O, Jin R, Merikangas KR, Walters EE. (2005). Lifetime Prevalence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62 (6) pp. 593-602. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.62.6.593.
Get into Summer 2021
The Mental Health Foundation Scotland partnered with Thrive Edinburgh and secured funding from the Scottish Government Get into Summer funding scheme to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Scotland during summer 2021.
Professional Learning for School Staff
Mental health promotion and prevention is a key part of providing universal support to children and young people. School staff in all roles are well placed to support pupils and help create a school environment that protects mental health and wellbeing for everyone in the school community.