A website featuring a digital toolkit and online resources has been developed to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 13 to Equally important has been the development of a set of resources aimed at all who work with young people, to better equip them to capitalise on the benefits of digital technology. The aim, says project manager at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Trevor Lakey, was to develop positive digital resources with and for young people to improve their mental health and wellbeing. The development of the site also focused on collaborative work with a wide range of professionals who work with young people, for example through interactive workshops and running online surveys which gathered nearly responses.
If you need an ambulance, call Collaborative creative activities are shown to foster connection with others and a sense of community, long or short term. In a report on the use of mobile devices in Japanese culture, it was shown that sharing and curating multimedia content with a small group of people helped build collective belonging. A sense of belonging and acceptance, for example of sexual orientation, gender diversity or disability can arise from collective identification with geographically and culturally diverse individuals. In mental health forums, the connection to online communities is often observed and utilised — for example, in recruiting moderators trusted by members. This is a practice developed as a volunteering opportunity by YouthNet for TheSite. Young people use social networking to experiment and seek legitimacy for political, sexual, ethnic and cultural identities. This has been well demonstrated in groups of young people exposed to risk of poor mental health, including new migrants, BME groups and young people with long-term rare conditions. The phenomenon is also apparent in the way young people with mental health problems use social media to express their feelings and seek validation and peer connections.
Hearing the young people talk about how they had shaped Aye Mind in their own words was brilliant. Their confidence in talking about their experiences of mental wellbeing was inspiring. They spoke about what messages they had chosen to promote when they created their own GIFs. They received a really positive response and said that they were proud to present their work. Enquire are the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning.
A digital toolkit and online resources support the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 13 to What is the project? Equally important has been development of a set of resources aimed at all who work with young people, to better equip them to capitalise on the benefits of digital technology.