Now more than ever, the topic of mental health and wellbeing is on everyone’s radar.

Your Mind Matters

This year, we have expanded our team to work directly with children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families to co-produce a bespoke mental health and wellbeing service for young people, peers and wider family members across Scotland and beyond.

The new service will be developed as part of our Your Mind Matters project, which has received funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, to develop digital and face-to-face strands to better understand and respond
to the unique challenges to mental health and wellbeing faced by our children and young people.

A working group of young people has started to develop the digital element of the project, who have agreed that understanding and improving mental health and wellbeing, sharing unique lived experience and being able to effectively help others were very important.

The project is looking for more children and young people to get involved, for further information please contact Cara Pleym (Digital Participation Officer): wellbeing@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk

Listening Spaces

Listening spaces is a safe space to explore your views, feelings and emotions with our qualified staff and peers about being in a serving, reservist and veteran family.

Our service is open to children, young people and parents of serving personnel, reservist and veteran families. We can support Scottish families, of families from all arms of the British Armed Forces, who are living anywhere across Scotland, the United Kingdom and overseas as well as non-Scottish families who are currently based in Scotland. 

Recent events in Afghanistan have been very challenging for serving, reservist and veteran families across the United Kingdom, for lots of different reasons. You may have noticed increased levels of stress, anxiety or anger, or a number of other strong feelings and emotions in either yourself, your child, a parent or your spouse.

There are also many day-to-day experiences of life which can present unique challenges to mental health and wellbeing too. It might be deployment and uncertainty concerning loved ones, living with or having caring responsibilities for a family member with life-changing physical or psychological wounds to the challenges of adjusting to regular relocations and disrupted friendships and education.

We are here to listen and help in any way we can to support you and your family.

How to get involved

You can get in involved in Listening Spaces in different ways. We have a free helpline available and weekly Zoom sessions will start from Monday 04 October 2021. Alternatively, if you prefer to simply email us, then you can always get in touch via that way too.

Listening Spaces Helpline Number: 0131 322 7358

Available: Mondays (12pm-2pm) and Fridays (3pm-5pm).

Email: chris.paul@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk