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Mental health scheme seeking young volunteers in Aberdeenshire

By Kyle Ritchie

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Young people in Aberdeenshire have the opportunity to make a big difference with a Scottish mental health programme.

See Me, Scotland’s scheme to end mental health discrimination, is recruiting for new volunteers, aged 16 to 18, to help with its work in schools and youth work settings.

The See Me team wants to hear from young people in the area who have experience of mental health problems and want to make a difference for the thousands of people Scotland-wide who have faced discrimination.

See Me volunteer Kristi McCann (20) who has been involved with the programme since she was 16, says that volunteering has had a huge impact on her life.

Her See Me highlights have included delivering workshops, being involved in projects which have made it into the news and having the opportunity to meet the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, to discuss youth mental health at an event to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

See Me volunteer Kristi McCann meeting Prince William.
See Me volunteer Kristi McCann meeting Prince William.

Kristi said: “Volunteering with See Me gave me a whole new boost of confidence.

"Before, I was shy and not very outgoing but See Me helped me with that. They have given me opportunities that I would have never got the chance to have.

“See Me isn’t just a volunteering opportunity. It’s an opportunity for you to grow as a person.

"I joined straight out of school at 16 and I would not change it for the world. Being a part of See Me has shaped me into the person that I am today.”

See Me’s volunteers support the programme’s work in lots of different ways, both in person and remotely.

Volunteers have the chance to get involved in a range of different projects and activities, including helping to develop new resources for schools, speaking at events, leading workshops and sharing their stories in the media.

See Me’s project officer for young people Claire Jennings said: “Our volunteers bring so much to See Me and I’m really excited to get some fresh voices involved in the programme.

“Our work in schools and in youth work settings really comes to life when our volunteers get involved and they make sure that the work we do really reflects their experiences.

“If you’re passionate about making a difference and want to use your skills and interests to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, we’d love to hear from you.”

Volunteering with See Me comes with lots of benefits, including increased confidence, the chance to meet new people and to make a real difference for thousands of people who struggle with their mental health Scotland-wide.

It also counts towards volunteering hours for programmes like the Duke of Edinburgh's Award or Saltire Award.

Successful applicants will go through an induction with See Me later in the summer and have the opportunity to take part in specialist training in fields including public speaking, facilitation and media training.

Applications are open until Wednesday, July 6 at midday. Young people can find full details of how to apply on the See Me website at seemescotland.org

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