Be part of the Mental Health Youth Commission
The Mental Health Youth Commission is a new project set up by LGBT Youth Scotland in 2024.
Their recent Life in Scotland Health Report revealed that:
- 88% of participants experience one or more mental health condition or related behaviour
- 45% of participants don’t feel supported/ respected by mental health services in terms of their LGBTQ+ identity
- 44% of participants don’t have enough information on mental health
They are looking to change this and to use young people’s voice to influence change in mental health awareness and mental health support for LGBTQ+ people.
The Mental Health Youth Commission will focus on:
- What the main challenges are facing LGBTQ+ young people when it comes to experiencing mental health and accessing support.
- What can be changed to progress towards LGBTQ+ young people being better informed about mental health, and having access to support services that meet their needs.
It will be a space to share views and experiences and help develop resources and training that will be shared with mental health services and other partners to influence change.
To take part you just need care about improving knowledge and understanding around LGBTQ+ mental health, and be willing to work with them to create change.