Workshops for over 1400 secondary school pupils will take place this month and next, aimed at supporting their mental health and wellbeing.
The fifty-minute ‘My Self Care Journey’ workshops will be delivered to all secondary schools and secondary departments by staff from Shetland Islands Council's Youth & Employability Service, in a partnership between the Council and local mental health charity, Mind Your Head. The workshops aim to increase young people’s awareness of their own mental health and wellbeing and signpost options for further support.
In an April 2020 ‘Lockdown Lowdown’ survey of young people, supported by Young Scot, YouthLink Scotland and the Scottish Youth Parliament, 39% of young people stated that they felt ‘moderately or extremely concerned about their own mental wellbeing’. When asked about the mental wellbeing of others, 46% stated that they felt ‘moderately or extremely concerned’.
The ‘My Self Care journey’ workshop project is funded by the Youth Work Education Recovery Fund, administered by YouthLink Scotland, with funding awards made across Scotland to help organisations working with young people who have been impacted by the Covod-19 pandemic.
Anouska Civico CEO of Mind Your Head, said “We are excited to be working with the Council’s Youth & Employability Service to reach and engage with so many young people across Shetland. The workshops help them gain some tools to manage their own mental health, create their own self-care plans and remind them to take the time to do things that make them feel good. So far, young people have engaged really well and schools have been very keen to be involved.”
George Smith, Chair of the Council’s Education and Families Committee said: “While many of us have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, we know that young people have also lost so much social contact with their peers, on top of the disruption to their learning, which will undoubtedly lead to anxieties. These workshops will help to provide our young people with the skills and resilience they need to take steps to recover from this pandemic.”