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Young people have been making changes following the Highland Youth Parliament’s conference on improving mental health support


By Imogen James

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Highland Youth Convener, Anja Johnston.
Highland Youth Convener, Anja Johnston.

Improvements and meetings are being set up across the region by members of the youth parliament.

Young people are to meet with Mikeysline at the end of November to discuss a support hub based in Tain.

On the Black Isle, the youth team will do 30 days of random acts of kindness, to make the community a nicer place.

Dingwalll Academy will meet with young people to discuss feedback from the conference, to create safe spaces and mental health days in the school.

Other places where meetings and changes will occur include Wick, Ullapool, Caithness and Lochaber.

Inverness High School students received wellbeing packs thanks to the youth parliament.

Youth parliament convener Anja Johnston was happy to see young people taking control, adding: “Our recent conference was a more focused discussion compared to previous conferences which I believe has given young people the tools to go and have discussions with adults that can help them to implement change.

“The vision of our Mind Us campaign is now starting to become a reality and young people are taking their mental health needs into their owns hands. Across the Highlands we’ve got excellent examples of what can be done when young people are given the opportunity to take the lead in making positive changes.”


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