These videos explore what Scotland's young people think about mental health

12 December 2016

Two new films have been launched exploring how young people think mental health issues affect equal opportunities in education.

The films, which were made as part of a project involving young people from across Europe, were produced by Media Education working with young people from East Ayrshire. The videos the concerns the young filmmakers have about the impact of mental health on education. The first video focuses on the filmmakers' worries:

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About the films

These films form part of a wider project for the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC). Each year, the Network involves children and young people from several European countries in a participative project around a key children’s rights issue. This year, the focus was on Access to Education. Children and young people from six countries worked on creating a film around the subject, which was shown at ENOC’s annual conference.

The project in Scotland

7 young people from East Ayrshire were invited to take part in the project by the Commissioner, and were supported to do this by Barnardo’s and Investing in Children. After thinking about access to education as a broad theme, the young people chose to focus on how mental health can affect it.

To help the young people create their section of the final film, Investing in Children set up two agenda days. These let young people discuss mental health in an adult-free environment, and allowed them to write up two reports around the issue. These reports were then used as the basis for their film.

Find out more about the project on the ENOC website.