Life in a serving, reservist or veteran family can present unique challenges to mental health and wellbeing. That’s why are working directly with children and young people to co-produce a new mental health and wellbeing support service.
Funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust enabled Forces Children Scotland to pilot face-to-face mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people from armed forces and veteran families in the West of Scotland.
The funding has also enabled the charity to work directly with children and young people to co-develop a digital platform of mental health and wellbeing resources for peers, wider family members, educators and professionals.
We are delivering one-to-one and peer support sessions within Hermitage Academy for pupils from a serving, reservist or veteran family backgrounds.
One-to-one sessions have delivered early intervention, immediate response and active monitoring to address challenges, as well provide strategies to improve or maintain wellbeing and signpost towards additional help.
Peer support sessions provide a safe forum for pupils to share their unique experiences with peers, concerning mental health and wellbeing, by taking part in discussions to both give and receive advice through a variety of creative methods.
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.