Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk to Samaritans about young people’s mental health

Today, Samaritans is taking part in a discussion group about children’s mental health with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Dundee.

Organised by Young Scotland in Mind (YSIM), a coalition of Scottish mental health support organisations, chaired by SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and Barnardos Scotland, the session will be used to explore the current challenges relating to children and young peoples’ mental health; what matters most in relation to care and treatment, and the role YSIM can play in influencing quality service provision.

James Jopling, Executive Director for Samaritans in Scotland, said: “We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are taking a keen interest in the issue of children and young people’s mental health in Scotland. Samaritans, through its DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) programme and schools talks, already works with a number of schools to develop emotional awareness and listening skills in children. We believe that focussing on young people’s emotional health is essential to help them cope with the challenging lives they may face ahead.”