Led by Aberdeenshire Council alongside partners NHS Grampian, Police Scotland and Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, Aberdeenshire’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy was launched on Tuesday March 15th at Aberdeen Football Club.
An event took place with National Scottish Women’s Football Head Coach Anna Signeul; Scottish Football Association Chaplain Mark Fleming and senior professionals from all of the partner organisations behind the strategy.
Scottish Football Association Chaplain Mark Fleming said: “The promotion of positive mental health has become an increasingly vital part of the work of our 85 football club chaplains throughout Scotland.
“I hope that The Aberdeenshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy will lead to everyone being encouraged that they can play their part in promoting positive mental health in their different spheres of influence.”
Aberdeenshire Council’s Director of Education and Children’s Services Maria Walker said: “The strategy is for young people and has been developed to be used by all organisations involved in working with young people.
“Ultimately we aim to improve the services we provide and to support positive mental health and wellbeing in children and young people in Aberdeenshire. We will do this by providing help in the right place, at the right time so that generations of young people grow up to be successful and happy.”
The strategy was devised by the multi-agency Aberdeenshire Mental Health Improvement Group and follows the principles of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) having been endorsed by a wider GIRFEC Leadership Group.
The strategy sets out the vision that children and young people should flourish mentally and this will be achieved via an action plan. Six key themes are addressed in the strategy, namely:
- The voice of children and young people
- Capacity building and continuous professional development
- Self-evaluation and looking ahead
- Accessibility of services
An audience of guests including health professionals, council staff, councillors, voluntary organisations, parents and carers also viewed two short films as part of the launch.
The films were made by groups of young people from Kincardine and Mearns as part of a project with charity ‘Fixers’ to highlight mental health issues.
A film called ‘The Makeover’ highlights how young people might be stereotyped in certain roles and music video ‘Our Song’ raises mental health issues faced by young people. The music video was supported by with Emily Smith, a musician from Laurencekirk, who also supported the ‘Fixers’ project.