Consultations with children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland have shown that they feel they are a seldom-heard, invisible group within society. Children and young people will encounter a range of positive and challenging experiences through life from frequent travel opportunities, cultural experiences and more diverse connections to negative impacts upon education and learning, mental health and wellbeing, and the participation in decision-making.
Deployment and uncertainty concerning loved ones, bereavement, living with a family member with life-changing physical or psychological wounds, regular relocations and disrupted friendships can present many unique challenges and impact wellbeing in ways that are simply not on the radar of their civilian classmates, teachers or those making important decisions about their future.
We support children and young people, from serving, reservist and veteran families, to understand & improve mental health and wellbeing to realise their potential and thrive.
We are passionate about co-production. When children, young people and their families told us that they needed mental health and wellbeing support, we ensured they were at the heart of our response. Please view our range of wellbeing projects below.
We at Forces Children Scotland work with young people in everything that we do.
We are passionate about co-production, and so when young people told us that they wanted to have their voice and experiences shared, we developed this space to do so. Armed Forces young people from serving, reservist and veteran families highlight how sharing these experiences will foster greater connection and empathy with their civilian peers and wider communities.
This space is for everyone, and we hope that by exploring the different resources below that you will get an insight into Forces Life. Please also visit our Your Mind Matters Hub for further information and support around the intersection of wellbeing and forces life.
Get Help now
If you are concerned about your mental health, or if you have found yourself feeling concerned about someone else, you can:
Call 111 – NHS 24
Call 116 123 – The Samaritans
Call 0800 83 85 87 – Breathing Space
Text: ‘YM’ to 85258 – Young Minds crisis chat
If you think you are in danger of hurting yourself or other people, you should call 999 or present to your local A&E department.