Young Scot is partnering up with SAMH to look for a group of 14 to 22-year-olds to join the Youth Commission on Mental Health Services, who will spend 12 months investigating how mental health services should be provided for young people and what mental health services can and should look like in the future.

The closing date for applications is Friday 9 February and a selection day will be held on Saturday 3 March in the Young Scot offices in Edinburgh.

If you have any questions at all, contact the Young Scot team for free on 0808 801 0338 or email

Find out more.


Millennials are shunning face-to-face conversations, preferring to chat online according to research by Cancer Research UK’s World Cancer Day campaign

44% of 18-24 year olds said they felt more comfortable using social media, messaging apps and online to talk to people they didn’t know, with only 37% feeling more comfortable speaking face to face. This compares to just over two thirds (67%) of those aged 55 and over. 

While social media can be helpful in building up contacts, studies show that young adults with high social media usage seem to feel more socially isolated than those who use it less. This is concerning as social isolation has long been associated with increased mortality.

The research also shows that young people are increasingly avoiding face-to-face contact in other areas of their lives.

18 to 24 year olds are roughly 20 times more likely to never speak to their neighbours, than those aged 55 and over (21% compared with 1%).

And 27% of 18-24 year olds have never spoken to someone they didn’t know on public transport - more than five times the rate for those aged 55 and over (5 per cent) - with nearly half (47 per cent) saying they prefer to listen to music on their headphones instead.

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Children in Scotland is working with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) to improve the guidelines that teachers need to follow to make sure they are doing their job well. As part of this, they are putting out a survey for children and young people, and a resource for teachers and youth workers to do with children and young people.

Online survey

If you work with children and young people aged 5 to 18, please support them to complete their survey online.

The closing date is 29 March 2018. All those who complete it can be entered into a prize draw if they leave contact details. Please note: young people don't need to currently be in school/mainstream education to take part.


There are resources for those working with primary school age groups and secondary school age groups on the Children in Scotland website.

Dr. Kerry Kuluski (a researcher in Toronto, Canada) and her team are conducting a research study to learn more about programs and services that are offered to carers (family members, friends and neighbours who provide unpaid support for people with care needs). The team is interested in learning about the extent to which these programs/services have been co-designed (created or adapted) based on carers input.

They appreciate your support in helping them learn more about these types of programs. If you are part of an organisation that provides this type of care please fill out the online survey here. If you know of others who provide care for carers, please spread this message. 

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Kerry Kuluski

An initiative designed to research and better understand rural young people aged 18-28 has just been launched. The Rural Youth Project coincides with Year of Young People 2018 and will combine an online survey, year-long in-depth video logs (vlogs) of 15 to 20 rural young people, and a Rural Youth Ideas Festival.

The online survey for 18- to 28-years-olds is open now and closes on 30 April 2018. Take part and they could win a pair of tickets to TRANSMT Festival in Glasgow on 8 July or a pair of tickets for ButeFest 2018.

Target countries for the research include England, Scotland, Wales and, internationally, Austria, Australia and the USA.

The brainchild of Jane Craigie and Rebecca Dawes, the initiative is a social enterprise venture. The Rural Youth Project has the support of partners interested and engaged in the rural youth ‘space’, including LANTRA Scotland, the Scottish Association of Young Farmers (SAYFC), Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Rural Action, Scottish Rural Network and YouthLink Scotland, and will be managed by Jane Craigie Marketing.

Contact: Rebecca Dawes | e-mail | Website


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