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Supporting young peoples' mental health

Just like physical health, we all have mental health and Scouting can play an important role in positively developing a young person's emotional wellbeing and mental health.

More information about supporting young people's emotional wellbeing in Scouting can be found via this link to our Life Issues pages.

However, there may be times during your Scouting, when you are concerned about a young person, or an individual shares with you that they have a mental health problem and you may need further information. To better prepare adults to support young people in their Section who may be experiencing a mental health problem, The Scout Association has developed an introductory e-learning pathway with Mind Ed to explore some of the main issues faced by young people today.

Who is the Mind Ed Scout Association e-learning for?

The content of the pathway has been developed by experts and is designed to be used by anyone who works with children and young people (up to 18 years old).

The modules we have selected offer adults in Scouting simlpe, clear guidance on children and young peoples' mental health, wellbeing and development.

The content is specifically designed for adults working in a range of settings who have little, or no formal training or qualifications in supporting young people with mental health problems.

Reporting your concerns

It is important throughout your learning with Mind Ed to refer to The Yellow Card Child Protection code of behaviour.

You must follow The Scout Association's policies and procedures for child protection and reporting concerns at all times. More information is available via this link.

Further information please contact safeguarding@scouts.org.uk 

Access the Mind Ed Scout Association e-learning here

For support registering and accessing the pathway please click this link to a user guide.

Further support and information

You can offer support and have a positive impact on a young person who is experiencing a mental health problem without being an expert. However, there will be times when a young person needs specialised support.

Further support can be accessed via;

Technical Support

If you have any questions after using this e-learning please contact adult.support@scouts.org.uk


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