Speak Your Mind



The Scottish Youth Parliament's Campaign on Young People's Mental Health


During the 58th National SYP Sitting in October 2015, MSYPs voted to make young people's mental health the subject of their next national campaign. The campaign, Speak Your Mind, will address three main themes:

  • Prevention: Working to prevent mental health problems before they arise.
  • Early Intervention: Recognising early warning signs of mental health problems and knowing how to positively intervene before they reach a critical stage.
  • Services and Support: Improving the quality of services and support for young people with mental health problems.

Speak Your Mind will focus on raising awareness of mental health, empowering young people to talk positively about mental health, and calling for accessible, high quality mental health services and information for all of Scotland’s young people.

Campaign Objectives: 

  1. To increase young people’s awareness and understanding of the issues associated with mental health.
  2. To encourage the use of a common language in order to promote positive conversations, and tackle stigma associated with young people’s mental health.
  3. To identify young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information and services for young people across Scotland.
  4. To advocate for high quality mental health service and information provision for all of Scotland’s young people, with supporting guidance on best practice for service providers.

Campaign Activities

Speak Your Mind will run in three phases through 2016: 

  • Phase One (Research) took place from January 2016 to June 2016. Young people all over Scotland participated in a research survey aimed at capturing their experience and awareness of mental health services and information. The results have now been compiled in a report titled, Our generation's epidemic. Find more information and the full report here
  • Phase Two (Advocacy) was informed by the findings of the research phase, and launched in summer 2016.
  • Phase Three (Engagement) ran throughout the year, and focused on raising awareness and understanding of young people’s mental health, and on promoting positive conversations about mental health.

Campaign Resources

  • Our generation's epidemic - SYP's research report investigating young people's experience and awareness of mental health services, support, and information. 
  • World Mental Health Day Colouring Book - World Mental Health Day was 10 October 2016. MSYPs and other young people drew images that examined what mental health meant to them, and their response to the findings of Our generation's epidemic
  • Mental Health Action Plan Toolkit - Recommendation 3 in Our generation's epidemic calls for every school, college, university, and youth group to implement a Mental Health Action Plan which promotes mental health conversations and support. This toolkit has been designed with SYP’s Education and Lifelong Learning Committee to help education establishments do just that!

Get Involved

  1. Contact SYP’s Youth Engagement Team for information about the Speak Your Mind engagement session.
  2. Follow @OfficialSYP on Twitter, and use #SYPSpeakYourMind to keep up to date with all the campaign discussions.
  3. Visit the Events page to find out about upcoming events and opportunities.

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