Teenagers have created a series of booklets and posters to help promote mental health across Dundee.
Pupils at the High School of Dundee worked with staff from the charity Feeling Strong.
Founded by Brook Marshall the charity aims to help young people in Dundee who have suffered a mental health challenge to reach their full potential.
This is achieved by delivering services co-produced by, and delivered by, young people.
Brook visited the school to help youngsters work on an art and design department project on health and well being.
The pupils created documents, booklets and posters examining and giving guidance on issues such as body image, bullying, stress and anxiety.
Art and design teacher Andrea Ross, who led the project, said: “Our goal was to create resources which would help young people to access engaging, yet practical advice about their mental health and well being.
“We were delighted to see our pupils approach this project with inspirational maturity.”
The work recently went on show at the school and a booklet featuring some of the pupils’ artwork is being sold to raise funds for the charity.
Brook said: “I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for young people to engage with the subject in a very empowering way.”
Copies of the booklet supporting the charity can be obtained for a minimum £5 donation from Andrea Ross.
Schoolchildren from across Dundee have been given a shot of inspiration by Scots billionaire Sir Tom Hunter as part of an event to find new ways of tackling issues affecting young people.
Around 120 youngsters attended Abertay University’s Innovation Lab as part of a design initiative to tackle bullying, stress and mental health issues.
It is hoped new methods developed during the session as part of the national Year of the Young People 2018 could go on to directly influence Dundee City Council policies.
Sir Tom, who delivered a welcome to the participants before a day of design, brainstorming, workshops and presentations, hailed the importance of involving youngsters in shaping decisions.
He said: “Putting policy into the hands of those the policies will impact upon makes absolute sense.
“Our young people are Scotland’s future and we need to engage with them far more to co-design that future where opportunity prevails for all.”
Groups of youngsters in attendance were made up of S4 to S6 pupils from all Dundee schools, as well as others aged up to 26 years old from organisations such as Lift Off, Family Nurse Partnership, Dundee Carers Centre and Dundee Youth Council.
They also heard a closing address by Gavin Oattes, award-winning entrepreneur and motivational speaker for workshop provider Tree of Knowledge.
Ideas from the day will be collated and presented back to city councillors, with the aim of informing future policy, affecting change and creating a legacy of service improvement for future generations.
Dundee City Council children and families service convener Stewart Hunter said it had been a “fantastic experience for everyone who took part” and a “fitting way of celebrating the Year of Young People”.
He added: “The input of young people into a range of topics will lead to some very interesting ideas and I will be very interested to hear their opinions on these issues.”
In addition to the workshops, the young people also took part in taster sessions across a selection of Abertay’s academic departments.
Those on offer included Games and Arts, Cybersecurity, Marketing, Business Management, Accounting and Finance, Law, Food Innovation, Forensics, Science, Civil Engineering, Sociology, Psychology and Mental Health.
Abertay University principal Professor Nigel Seaton said: “Bringing young people into the decision making process for new policy on these important issues is a fantastic idea.
“I have no doubt that Innovation Lab will bring a fresh perspective to the table.
Zoe Ball has said the death of her boyfriend last year left her with “lots of questions,” as she prepares for a cycle challenge to raise mental health awareness.
Cameraman Billy Yates, found dead at his home last May, had been living with mental health issues for years.
Ball will also film a documentary about mental health while taking part in the Sport Relief challenge.
“I wanted to do something for him,” said Ball.
Speaking to Chris Evans on his Radio 2 Breakfast Show, she added: “One in four people is living with mental illness. That’s a lot of people struggling.”
‘Close to my heart’
The Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two host has been out training ahead of her challenge.
Details of the route, including the distance and locations, are yet to be revealed, but she admitted it was “a long way” for a novice cyclist.
Ball said Sport Relief was supporting mental health issues this year, adding: “It’s very close to my heart.”
“I think lots of people know that I lost my boyfriend last year, who lived with depression for a very, very long time.
“I was really touched and moved by the amount of people who got in touch with me, who have been through the same, or living with the same issues.
“Mental health resources are under huge pressure and there are a lot of people who are not necessarily getting the support they need in time.”
‘How can we help?’
Speaking about Yates’ death, she added: “I was left with lots of questions. While we’re doing the challenge, we’re making a documentary. I’m going to visit projects helping people living with mental illnesses – that can be anything from self-harm, anxiety, depression, bereavement, bullying – all of those issues.
“I have lots of questions about what are we doing? How can we help? How do people find the right help?
“There are some incredible organisations helping people.”
She said the challenge was about “spreading some awareness and hopefully helping people find the right help and some hope”.
In her interview with Evans, she told him: “I wanted to raise some awareness. I wanted to do something for him – I wanted to do something for everyone else.
A Dundee teenager who has suffered from severe depression and suicidal thoughts is hoping to track down an inspirational taxi driver who she says turned her life around.
Chloe Wagener, 17, wants to thank the mystery driver who took her home Tuesday morning, having picked her up outside the Corfu Kebabs takeaway in North Lindsay Street at 1.45am.
The life skills student, from Fintry, said she has been dealing with a number of mental health problems in recent years, including depression and anxiety.
These have been brought on by a number of events in her life such as family bereavements and illnesses, and having been a victim of bullying.
It was an outpouring of all of this to the selfless cabbie, she says, that caused her to have a change of heart.
She said: “We began talking and I just started to tell him about all the things that have been happening in my life.
“He started speaking back to me and said: ‘Do you know something? I’ve been through the same’.
“He gave me really good advice, telling me about what he had been through, telling me I was young and that there was a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Chloe said she had made multiple attempts on her own life and had resorted to self-harm. She thinks she has attended the mental health unit at Carseview as many as 10 times in recent years.
However, she said that the taxi driver’s advice had given her a new perspective.
“He said that trying to take your own life wasn’t worth it, saying: ‘What happens if you do end your life, how does that affect other people?’
“It made me realise that if I was to end my life I would be missed a lot.
“He gave me advice that has changed my life.”
Chloe said the driver, who never gave his name, was in his late forties, of Pakistani descent, and had short black hair. He wore black glasses, was clean shaven and had a small mole on his face.
She believes that, in all, the driver spoke with her for about an hour — but was in no rush to send her on her way.
She added: “I’m struggling with a lot every day and I’ve been bullied to the point I lock myself in bathrooms or sit crying in the shower. But him talking to me has put a smile on my face and changed how I’m looking at life.
“It’s helping my depression to shift, and I want to say thank you for that.”
The cabbie’s actions were praised by Wendy Callander, executive director at Dundee Association for Mental Health.
She said: “It’s always encouraging to hear stories where people have just been supportive, and a kind word at the right time can make all the difference for someone who is struggling.”
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