Mental Health | Your Mind Matters Project takes positive steps forward

Forces Children Scotland received generous funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to develop Your Mind Matters – a new mental health and wellbeing service for children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families.

The project team is currently working directly with children and young people from forces families across Scotland to co-produce and launch a bespoke website and pilot innovative face-to-face peer support services from early next year.

Digital Support

Children and young people have been busy working behind the scenes with our project team to complete the discovery phase, which has set the foundation to develop their bespoke mental health and wellbeing website.

Here’s a list of some of the things which will feature:

  • A Gallery of forces stories from children and people.
  • A Wellbeing quiz to provide personalised results and resources.
  • A Military dictionary to help civilian audiences better understand.
  • A series of peer-led podcasts.
  • Downloadable leaflets and resources.
  • Peer-led geographical introduction videos.
  • Instant Messenger chat with 24/7 helpful information and resources.
  • Live chats and events to support peer connections.

The project team will now turn their attention to complete the content & consultation phase, and it has been agreed with children and young people that the following themes will underpin the construction of Your Mind Matters website and digital resources.

  • Accessibility – We will offer appropriate information for different audiences and mitigate any barriers to accessibility.
  • Sharing Lived Experience – We will connect with peers, through shared experience, and learn from those with alternative experiences.
  • Tailoring Resources – We will provide different formats, personalised information and co-produce authentic content.

The project team plan to have an early version of their website and digital resources ready for their testing phase which will commence in February/March 2022.

Face-to-Face Support

Forces Children Scotland recently appointed Brian Roberston as its Wellbeing Worker for Your Mind Matters, who will take the lead to develop and pilot the project’s face-to-face mental health services across the West of Scotland.

Brian will work directly with Armed Forces families within Helensburgh and across the West of Scotland to co-produce bespoke one-to-one, peer-led and community-based support models to enhance mental health support for young people and families.

Much of this work will commence from January 2022 onwards, with Brian currently working hard behind the scenes forming a number of strong working partnerships within schools and community settings in the region to help achieve our project aims.

There’s still plenty of time for children, young people, and wider family members from serving, reservist and veteran backgrounds to get involved in Your Mind Matters; whether that’s through its digital or face-to-face services.

For further information, please email: wellbeing@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk