Dumfries Young People Explore Mental Health Film

A group of youth practitioners, young people and young leaders from Dumfries took part in a national mental health roadshow recently.

As part of the ‘Foolish Optimism’ roadshow, a group led by Dumfries and Galloway Council watched the short film which was launched in Dundee last month, and discussed the importance of mental health.


The event, held at the Oasis Youth Centre in Dumfries last weekend, was one of a number of workshops currently taking place throughout Scotland, following the release of the film which premiered on World Mental Health Day, Wednesday 10 October 2018.

Following the event, Lauren Asher, Year of Young People Support Worker said, “Although it was sometimes difficult to watch, we found the film to be a valuable insight into some of the experiences facing young people across the country, and we admire those who took part in it. Their honesty definitely made its mark on all of us, and is another reminder that we all need to be open to the mental health challenges facing many young people living and working amongst us, and to give them the support they require to allow them to use their voice and to be heard. We will certainly use the film, and the discussions which followed, to help us tailor future activities and policies within Dumfries.”

Chika Inatimi, Front Lounge Project Leader added, “The whole purpose of the Foolish Optimism film and roadshow is to encourage debate about mental health, whoever you are and whatever challenges you face. In this, the Year of Young People, practitioners who work with young people on a daily basis are an obvious group for us to engage with, along with some of the young people themselves. We hope that the film and event not only got them thinking about the way they approach people with mental health issues, but encourage more dialogue amongst each and every person they come across.”

Francesca Martinez, comedian/actress/speaker/writer! - and guest speaker at the Dumfries event

Francesca Martinez, comedian/actress/speaker/writer! – and guest speaker at the Dumfries event

Foolish Optimism was made possible by funding from the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund and Life Changes Trust.

For more information, and to watch the film, please visit https://www.foolishoptimism.org


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