Mental Health support

Supporting Young People’s mental health in Scouting

Mental health can sometimes feel like a complex and intimidating subject. However, any one can experience a mental health problem, so being able to talk about it is important to us all. And you don’t need to be an expert on mental health. Often, small everyday actions can make the biggest difference. Scouting can play an important role in supporting a young person’s mental health, as research has shown that young people who are involved in Scouts or Guides have better mental health in later life (Dibben, Playford & Mitchell, 2016).’


What is mental health?

Mental health refers to the way we think, feel and act. Everybody has mental health, the same way everybody has physical health, and we need to look after it.

If you go through a period of poor mental health, you might find that the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting can become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with.

1 in 4 adults and 1 in 8 young people experience a mental health problem.

To learn more about the support available to you as an adult in Scouting, please use the links on the right.

If you are struggling with your mental health at this time of year, read this article to find out what you can do.