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Edinburgh pupils and parents mark Children’s Mental Health Week

A book called “No Worries” has been written by parents from Forthview Primary School, with help from author Mary Turner Thomson, to encourages children to talk about anxiety. The launch today (Monday 5 February 2018) was at the National Library of Scotland and marked the start of Children’s Mental Health week across Scotland. The book is about a Primary School group on a school camp and with each of the eight characters facing and overcoming their different anxieties.

Miles has today tabled a congratulatory motion.

Miles Briggs comments:

“The ‘No Worries’ book is a great initiative to get children talking about their anxieties and mental wellbeing.

“In Scotland there is still stigma attached to mental health and getting children to talk about mental health from a young age is exactly what is needed to break down these barriers.

“I highly commend all of those involved with the ‘No Worries’ book for their part in helping to improve young people’s mental health.”

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* Please see below a copy of the motion as tabled by Miles at Parliament today.

Title: Edinburgh pupils and parents mark Children’s Mental Health Week

Motion:

That the Parliament congratulates the parents and pupils in Edinburgh who are helping to highlight Children’s Mental Health Week which takes place this week; notes that parents from Forthview Primary School have written a book entitled “No Worries” which encourages children to talk about anxiety; further notes that the parents were helped in their venture by writing workshops with author Mary Turner Thomson and that the book has been published by WhiteWater Publishing Ltd.; is also aware that, with the support of Place2Be, pupils from St Catherine’s Primary School are contributing to a short film on mental health and a singing workshop will take place at Tynecastle High, and that a young people’s event exploring social anxiety will take places as part of Edinburgh Council’s Growing Confidence programme; commends all those involved in these initiatives, and considers that they have the potential to play an important role in improving young people’s mental health by raising awareness and understanding of mental health challenges and reducing the stigma that may be associated with them.

Miles Briggs