Scottish Government Ministers joined children from Place2Be partner schools in Scotland to celebrate this year’s theme ‘Being Ourselves’
Yesterday (8 Feb), Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years and Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health met with pupils from Place2Be partner schools at the Scottish Parliament, to support Children’s Mental Health Week.
The Ministers welcomed children from St Catherine's Primary School (Edinburgh), Abbey Primary School (Kilwinning, North Ayrshire) and Oakwood Primary School (Glasgow) to hear about how they have been getting involved in the campaign. The children presented a range of artwork and film projects celebrating their own and each other's unique strengths and qualities.
Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years said: “It has been great to meet the pupils from St Catherine's, Abbey and Oakwood primary schools to hear what this year’s theme of ‘Being Ourselves’ means to them and the things that can make that difficult to put into practice. We need to be able to reassure all children and young people that, as they grow up and experience new things, they should feel able to talk about them with trusted friends and adults.”
Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health said: “We’re working to eradicate the stigma all too often associated with mental ill health. Working with young people we can ensure that they grow up knowing that mental good health has to be nurtured and looked after in the same way that physical health does. Lots of us experience mental ill health at some time and it is vital that people know to seek help as early action is the best route to recovery.”
Place2Be has been working in Scotland since 2001. Find out more about our work in Edinburgh, Glasgow and North Ayrshire.