Feeling Strong, a Dundee-based youth mental health Charity, traveled down to the Scottish Parliament last week with 20 youth from Dundee to talk to MSP’s about mental health and related topics. They met with Shona Robison, MSP for Dundee City East and Clare Haughey, the Government Minister for mental health, toured the Parliament building and were part of the audience for First Minister’s questions.
The trip was also attended by young people from partner organisations from across Dundee, including Alternatives Dundee, Dundee Youth Fund, LGBT Youth Scotland, Morgan Academy and Abertay LGBT+ Society.
Project Director of Feeling Strong, Brook Marshall, commented: “The purpose of the trip was to give an opportunity to the young people of Dundee to directly raise their concerns and questions with some of the highest decision makers in the country. They spoke about mental health in schools, waiting times to access services and substance misuse during an open and productive Q&A with the Minister and MSP. This is the start of a larger and ongoing conversation with decision makers around youth mental health in Dundee facilitated by Feeling Strong, and we’re proud to have brought so many partners and young people’s voices to the table.”
Trip attendee Abbie Cassidy added: “Being able to talk face-to-face with an MSP and Minister about the issues that matter to myself and to my peers was incredibly empowering. It’s shown me that young people can make a difference and I’m really excited to be a part of that change.”