Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Portree High School is one of five schools to have secured funds to address mental health issues in the community.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, it was revealed that secondary school pupils in the Highlands to have secured more than £15,000.

 

Mental health charities including Mikeysline, Scottish Association of Mental Health and Spirit Advocacy have benefitted from youngsters securing grants through the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Scotland.

Mental health causes represent a quarter of YPI grants already awarded this academic year in the Highlands - the highest proportion in any of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas.

YPI Scotland is the flagship programme of The Wood Foundation. Deputy UK Director Jonathan Christie said: “With a number of factors leading to an increase in issues faced by young people, it is important that intervention, openness and understanding begins at a young age. We know young people see this as a matter that affects them and their communities.

“The fact that Highland youngsters are so passionate about supporting these causes is a real hope for the future. Young people are recognising mental health as an issue they are empowered to talk about and tackle – that is truly heartening.”

Working in small teams, students across an entire year group are tasked with choosing a social issue they care passionately about and researching a charity they believe is best placed to challenge or support their chosen issue. In each school the programme concludes with a grand final where teams present against each other in a bid to secure £3000 for their chosen cause.

 

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