Call for past participants of the Youth Commission on Mental Health Services and those interested in mental health policy 

Were you involved in the 2018-19 Youth Commission on Mental Health Services 

This Commission, developed in partnership with Young Scot, SAMH (then the Scottish Association for Mental Health, now Scottish Action for Mental Health), and Scottish Government, looked to identify the key issues facing young people in mental health services.

If you were involved, we’d love to hear from you!

If not, but you are interested in mental health policy, please still sign-up below.


📅 End of July 2024 (exact date TBC)

🎂11-25 inclusive (or over if you were previously involved only)

🗺️ This opportunity is open to previous members of the Youth Commission on Mental Health Services – wherever you now live. For anyone else who is interested, you must be currently living in Scotland.

🎁 Receive 150 Young Scot Reward Points for taking part. Don’t have free membership with Young Scot yet? Sign up here and access exclusive rewards and discounts!

About the Youth Commission on Mental Health Services

The Scottish Government published its Mental Health Strategy 2017-27 in March 2017.

Following this, the ‘Youth Commission on Mental Health Services Report’ was published in May 2019 following 16 months of work by the ‘Youth Commission’ (made up of young people aged 15-25 at the time of participation, from different backgrounds and experiences across Scotland) supported by partnership work between SAMH, Young Scot and the Scottish Government.

👉For more information and to view the report, click here.

Why should I get involved?

Five years on, we want to review progress on the recommendations in the report, particularly in light of changing circumstances for young people; the impact of Covid-19, cost of living crisis and a changing political context. The issues relating to mental health for young people have not gone away, so we hope revisiting the Commission’s work can help identify ongoing, updated priorities for young people in relation to mental health.

We will look to engage with this topic in various ways, starting with an in-person session with Young Scot and SAMH staff. Other engagement in this topic might look like gathering views via short online forms and quick thoughts, as well as more in-depth, in-person sessions. You will be supported to engage in policy and communication work together and identify priorities going forward.

In addition, SAMH are planning to do more work focused on children and young people’s mental health. We hope this review can help influence some of this work and any necessary next steps.

Next steps

If you were directly involved in this work from 2018-19, or have an interest in the topics within the Commission, please register your interest on this short form via Smart Survey .

We’re happy to accept this form in other ways, like a word document or verbally. If you would like to apply in a different way, please just get in touch at  

Once you complete the form, you will be emailed further information about plans for this opportunity.

Sign-ups close on 22 July

Past participants in the Commission will be contacted to arrange a session to discuss the Commission’s work. If you weren’t involved in the Youth Commission on Mental Health Services (2018-2019) but would like to be kept up to date with future opportunities to support Young Scot and SAMH’s work around this, you can also provide your details in the form and we will be back in touch!

Got a question?

If you’ve got any questions or would like to know more about #YSHive or the Youth Commission on Mental Health Services, get in touch with We’re happy to help!  

Please note: because we are undertaking this work jointly with SAMH, any information you provide will be shared with SAMH. More details are in the SmartSurvey form above.

Need some support? We know that discussing mental health problems and experiences can be challenging and may bring up emotions. There are many services and organisations which can offer you support when you need it.

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Find out more about volunteering with Young Scot  

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