Mental Health | Getting on the radar of decision makers to influence big changes

Forces Children Scotland is proud to support Children’s Mental Health Week (07-13 February 2022).

Did you know that one in six children and young people have a diagnosable mental health condition in the United Kingdom?

That’s why we are growing together with children and young people from serving and veteran families to co-produce impactful projects which amplify their experiences so they can get on the radar of decision makers.

One of the ways in which we have grown together was to work together with children and young people to publish Forces Children Scotland’s first ever Manifesto ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections last May.

In our Manifesto, we asked politicians to consider several important points when it comes to supporting children and young people to overcome unique challenges to mental health and wellbeing.

  • Recognise children and young people, from serving and veteran families, as a potentially vulnerable group in terms of their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Targeted consideration of their experiences and needs in policy, practice and service developments relating to mental health and wellbeing.
  • Ensure no child or young person experiences disadvantage in accessing mental health support and services due to belonging to a serving or veteran family.
  • Collection and publication of national data to support robust consideration of specific mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Amplify the voice and experiences of Armed Forces children and young people to get their unique experiences on the radar of decision-makers.

If you would like to know more about our work in mental health and wellbeing, research, and policy, please contact sarah.rogers@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk