Wellbeing packs to support young people in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic have been given to pupils in Inverness.
The High Life Highland pilot scheme follows a survey carried out in March by the Community Planning Partnership’s Mental Health Delivery Group, asking young people how their lives had been impacted by COVID-19 and what would help them in the future.
HLH Youth Development Officer Andy Jessiman said:
“The results found that 84% of respondents said their life had been affected by the pandemic – whether good or bad – and the overwhelming response from young people was for wellbeing packs to be made available to them.
“This project gives us the opportunity to test our wellbeing packs in the Inverness High School area, with a view to potentially rolling out the packs to more young people across the city if they prove popular and beneficial.
“A big thank you to Depute Head Teacher Emma Fyfe, HLH Assistant Youth Worker Chelsea Ross, Area Manager Naomi Hyslop and the Inverness High School Senior Youth Club and pupils who helped make it happen.”
The survey was completed by 777 people from across the Highland area, including 178 young people from the Inverness area who were reached through schools, youth groups, sports and music tuition activities.
The packs, funded by the Inverness Common Good Fund and Skills Development Scotland, include items suggested by youngsters, including a mindfulness colouring book, pencil case and pencils, baking goods, a water bottle, stress toys, along with craft kits and invites to holiday activities.
Mr Jessiman added:
“We will be asking the young people who receive a pack to feedback on what is in it, including whether it has helped improve their health and wellbeing.”
Highland Council, Chair of Education Committee, Cllr John Finlayson said:
“As World Mental Health Awareness Day approaches, it is great to hear that wellbeing packs are making their way into the hands of pupils across the Inverness High School area.
“We look forward to receiving feedback from the pilot and measuring the success of the packs.
“The physical and mental wellbeing of our pupils remains a top priority.
“We continue to work closely with schools to encourage and improve the health of all those who attend our schools while also learning from the many positive initiatives that already take place in so many of our educational settings across Highland.”