07.08.2020 By Arran Templeton

Its been tough… but you’ve got this!

Young people in Scotland have faced a unique and challenging period that has impacted their life in more ways than one- from initially being away from friends to not being in school and, for some, sports clubs being closed – which has resulted in an understandable decline in mental health for young people.









What we’ve seen through The DofE is an astounding resilience and achievement that so many participants have shown against the odds of the changing landscape brought on by COVID. The examples of shown of participants volunteering in community outreach projects, keeping family members and neighbours afloat and some, changing their activities to learn new skills- this has all been amazing to witness.

However, we are aware that recently young people have had a lot on their plate. With the recent nail-biting anticipation of results day and schools restarting next week has surely been a cause for worry and stress. It is important to know that its okay to be emotionally strained with everything that’s been going on. You are not alone in this and you certainly do not have to deal with it yourself.

If you or somebody else is needing a bit of emotional support, then you have many options to consider which will help you healthily deal with your mental health:

If you need immediate support for your mental health, then you can get in touch with one of the services below:
• NHS 24: 111
• Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87
• Childline: 0800 1111
• Samaritans: 116 123

Your mental health is so important, so if you are dealing with feelings of anxiety, stress or depression, then consider one of the organisations below which offer a number of services to help with mental health:

Breathing Space
Free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
Open Monday – Thursday 6pm – 2am and Friday to Monday 6pm-6am.
Call: 0800 83 85 87

Calm Harm
An app to help teenagers manage or resist the urge to self-harm.

Support for anyone under 19 years old.
Open from 9am-midnight.
Call: 0800 1111

SAMH Information Service
Seeking Support, information or for a chat about mental health.
Open 9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday.
Phone: 0344 800 0500

Email: [email protected]

Text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. A place to go if you are struggling to cope and need immediate help.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Text: SHOUT to 85258

The Mix
Support for anyone up to 25 years old.
Open 4pm-11pm.
Call: 0808 808 4994

Text: Text THEMIX to 85258

Young Minds Crisis Messenger
Text message service for young people looking for help and support with mental health.

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Text: YM to 85258

If things are getting too much and you are struggling to cope, you can get help from Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

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