Youth Participation | board game and comic book channels unique experiences

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

We know life in an Armed Forces family can, for some, present challenges to mental health and wellbeing, and that’s why we are growing together with young people to co-create a new board game and comic book to amplify their unique experiences, through a project titled Forces Life.

Forces Children Scotland has received funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and ABF: The Soldiers Charity to work directly with young people from forces families through the project to creatively channel many positive and challenging aspects behind their unique lived experiences.

It is hoped what the young people have channelled through their creativity will become an important learning resource for civilian classmates and a valuable professional development tool for teachers in schools as well as for those involved in youth work and similar community settings.

There are many topics the young people have covered within the board game and comic book which have a significant impact on mental health and wellbeing, including the deployment of loved ones, regular relocations, disrupted schooling, friendships, and isolation.

It is hoped the board game and comic book will serve to put their unique experiences on the radar of civilian audiences to start conversations across schools and community setting across Scotland which our young people hope will help to achieve a greater level of understanding about the lives they lead.

When will the board game and comic book be available?

We are working hard behind the scenes with our young people to complete the design phase, and we hope the limited edition board game and comic book resource will be available by April 2022.

Please contact gary.seath@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk for further information.