79th Clayton (NBC) Scouts- Mitchell Troop
We are a small scout troop based in Clayton and we were given the opportunity to do a project called 'Million Hands'. We had a choice of which issue we would like to tackle. We had four choices, these were: dementia, mental health problems, clean water and sanitation, and disabilities. As a troop we decided to do Mental Health as we thought this is an issue that is rarely discussed and people don't really think of it as a big problem. So we thought we would help make sure people are more aware of mental health and make people feel comfortable talking about it.
Although depression is the most common mental health disorder, anxiety and stress also affect around 10-15% of young people. Having one or all of these problems can lead to other things such as substance abuse, smoking, selfharm, suicide and drinking. Young people tend to feel scared about talking to others about their problems or feelings because they worry about how they will react or if they will understand.
So the 79th Mitchell Troop Scouts decided to get in touch with the canal and riverways trust to adopt a section of the canal. The section we've adopted is between bridges 108 and 109 of the Trent and Mersey canal. The scouts will be visiting the canal on several occasions to tidy up our area and create things to make people aware of mental health such as a bench with a plaque on it. We have lots of ideas to make this part of the canal, not only a lovely place to be, but also a place to remind people that mental health is a problem and should be talked about.