Publications | New strategy calls for a step change in sector-wide thinking

Did you know that 50% of those living with challenges to mental health first experienced symptoms by 14 years old?

That’s why we’re growing together with children and young people from serving and veteran families people to co-create a new three-year strategy, titled Step Change | Our New Vision, to reach and support greater numbers with specific regards to early intervention and peer support work.

We have all experienced big changes recently, and it is clear these unprecedented times have had a profound effect on the children, young people, and families we support, particularly when it comes to topics like mental health and wellbeing.

Our new Strategic Plan sets out how we will adapt to continual, evolving change and respond to challenges around mental health and a variety of further topics and, as always, our direction and priorities are based on the voices of children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families.

Children and young people tell us that they feel they are seldom-heard group within society and that unique challenges about life in serving and veteran families are not widely understood by civilian friends, classmates, teachers, and those making important decisions about their future.

Our new strategy outlines how we hope to ensure their unique experiences are on everyone’s radar. Better still, we hope to make big changes in helping to overcome challenges to mental health and serve to inspire the wider sector to follow our lead in stepping up to respond to these challenges both now and in the future.

When will our new strategic plan be available?

We plan to launch Step Change | Our New Vision early March 2022 – for further information, please contact gary.seath@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk