FeelsFM, the world’s first emoji powered jukebox, has been created to help young people in Scotland talk about how they’re feeling, after new research revealed only a quarter would tell someone if they were struggling to cope.

See Me, the national programme to end mental health discrimination, surveyed 1455 young people aged 12-26 on mental health. They found that only 26% of young people would tell someone if they were finding it difficult to cope, compared to 67% who would tell someone if they were feeling physically unwell.

To help young people to speak about how they are feeling See Me have launched FeelsFM.co.uk.

The online emoji powered jukebox, created as part of the Year of Young People, is designed to help young people express their feelings, use music as a positive coping strategy, and find new ways to talk about mental health stigma.

Alongside the online platform, young people have also helped See Me put together a FeelsFM Activity which brings FeelsFM to life so it can be used to support young people to have conversations about mental health.

See Me are looking for organisations who engage with young people to run Feels FM activities by downloading a pack from https://www.seemescotland.org/young-people/resources/campaigns/run-your-feels-fm-activity/. The pack is great for youth, community, or school groups, and we will give you everything you need! All you need to do is visit their website and put your order in and they’ll pop a pack in the post for you.

Part of the discussion involves asking young people what they would do to tackle stigma and discrimination. See Me will then look at all the ideas, and the one they think will work best will be given a £1000 grant to make the idea a reality. The deadline to submit your idea is October 26th.

Glasgow Kelvin MSP, Sandra White commented:
“The ever growing cultural conversation that we are having on mental health is vital to the well-being of so many of my constituents. Indeed, regardless of background or profession every single person needs to acknowledge the importance of their own mental health and in turn how they can positively affect those around them.

“As such I am delighted to support See Me’s new campaign aimed at increasing awareness amongst younger people – a group in our society who are faced with a variety of pressures on a daily basis. In the Year of Young People this is therefore a particularly appropriate campaign and one that I hope is successful, far and wide.

“With See Me kicking off this campaign at the Barrowland Ballroom, with the Scottish Government’s new Minister for Mental Health, Claire Haughey MSP, it again reiterates the seriousness with which our society is now viewing mental health and the commitment this Scottish Government is making to ensure that this conversation continues within all of our communities.”

Share your Feels FM fun and see what other folk are up to with the hashtags #FeelsFM and #YoYP2018.

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