Community-based support through a youth work approach
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on young people and their mental health. Feedback from our youth groups and direct work with young people tells us that lockdown and our phased exit from this has affected their lives now, increased the prevalence of mental health issues and caused generalised anxiety about what the future holds, both in the coming months and in later years.
Covid has not been good for me with all the family stuck in the house together. There have been lots of arguments. I felt horrible as I had to bottle stuff up because I couldn’t go out with my friends. I talk to my friends a lot to get things off my chest and couldn’t do that. It was a horrible time. Young person in Youth Scotland focus group
How is Y2Bee making a difference?
Y2Bee has been designed in partnership between Youth Scotland and mental health charity Place2Be to combine the expertise of both organisations and support young people and their mental health through a community-based youth work approach. The programme upskills youth workers as mental health champions to improve their understanding and support of young people and their mental health and trains young people as peer mentors to create a mental health support network in their community.
How you can get involved
Youth workers and volunteers can take part in the Place2Be Mental Health Champions Foundations course that is fully funded thanks to support from STV Children's Appeal. This online mental health training enhances professionals’ understanding of children and young people’s mental health and introduces approaches that foster positive wellbeing for them and the adults around them. Registration of interest is now open for the next Place2Be Mental Health Champions course starting in September.
Young people aged 14-18 from Youth Scotland member groups can take part in the fully-funded Y2Bee Peer Mentor Programme to support young people in their community as peer mentors. Youth workers from Youth Scotland member groups can register their interest for the young people for the course.
In addition, Youth Scotland will work with members to offer further training and support to contribute to the development of peer mentoring in their own clubs and groups.
To ask a question or find out more information, please drop Mo Colvin (Youth Work, Peer Mentoring and Mental Health) an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org