Being a child or a young person isn't always easy. They are constantly having to learn new skills such as looking after themselves independently, learning new subjects in school, and navigating the world of social interaction; all of which can bring their own challenges.
We hope you will find something to help you and your child on their journey to adulthood within these pages.
In 2013 and 2014, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde collaborated with local young people aged between 15 and 21 and a wide range of partners to explore how they used the internet in relation to mental health.
Aye Mind is on a mission to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people – by making better use of the Internet, social media and mobile technologies. Young people aged 13 to 21 have helped create the resources.
Improving the mental health and well-being of children and young people is a key priority both internationally and locally. As part of a wider strategic approach to the promotion of child and youth mental health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and local partners are exploring the potential of digital technologies. Most importantly, the experiences and ideas of young people are at the heart of this work.
Reach pulls together advice, info, quotes and film footage from young people and a range of youth and support organisations. It is a ‘go-to’ source of advice for pupils dealing with all sorts of issues, including being bullied; changing and leaving school, struggling with difficulties at home; feeling low or anxious: finding it hard to access learning and take part at school; being care experienced, and much more. They have put a big focus on sharing young people’s experiences and opinions.
SafeSpot is an innovative approach empowering young people to be able to be aware of their own emotional wellbeing and mental health.
SafeSpot is designed to help you through tough spots. SafeSpot gives you your own personalised coping plan, useful strategies and tools to help and directions to local resources to help you -- all at your fingertips.
SafeSpot has 3 aspects:
Together these aspects of SafeSpot will aim to equip young people with all the information, advice and access to services that they need to manage their own mental health and deal with any challenges that life may throw at them.
SafeSpot has involved young people throughout the design and development of the app, website and curriculum.
The World Health Organization (WHO)'s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Framework describes health and disability. It offers a holistic strengths-based model for describing what people CAN do. The F-words: Fitness, Function, Friends, Fun, Family and Future are embedded into this framework. Families and youth have identified the F-words as a lay-friendly, easy-to-understand way of using ICF concepts.
To share the F-words, and educate the public about what youth with disabilities CAN do, a group of young adults with disabilities created the F-words Video for Youth.