Mental Health Awareness Week | What’s this year’s theme about?

For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, we’re raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it.  Loneliness affects many of us at one time or another. We know that loneliness can be both the driver for and a product of poor mental health.

For some children and young people from serving and veteran families isolation has and continues to prove a very familiar feeling. Many things like regular relocations, disrupted education and friendships and the deployment of loved ones on operations can all have an effect on feeling this way.

For others, the pandemic provided the first time children and young people felt a real sense of isolation from friends, family, routine and activities, where digital platforms provided a means to continue with schooling and so many other things to instil a sense of continuity during those unprecedented times.

What we want to talk about during Mental Health Awareness Week

That’s why we want to talk about how Forces Children Scotland continues to work directly with children and young people from serving and veteran families across Scotland to co-produce projects and services to better understand and help overcome isolation and other challenges to mental health and wellbeing.

We also want to take the opportunity to ask greater numbers of children and young people from serving and veteran families across Scotland to get in touch with Forces Children Scotland to open up conversations about mental health and wellbeing and how to take positive steps to address any problems.

If you are a child or young person from a serving or veteran family and would like to share your personal experiences about loneliness, or anything else to do with mental health and wellbeing, you can do so on social media by tagging in Forces Children Scotland and using the hashtag #IveBeenThere.

Please look out for posts on our website as well as our social media channels through throughout this week about Mental Health Awareness Week.

Please contact wellbeing@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk for further information about our mental health and wellbeing services.