At the end of June Listen Well Scotland had the exciting opportunity to exhibit in the Members’ Area of the Scottish Parliament. The exhibition was about the Listen Well Award, our new listening course for schools, piloted in seven school in Scotland at the end of 2017 and involving 95 pupils.
The exhibition was in a great setting at the entrance to the Debating Chamber. MSPs were continually passing to the Chamber and we had the opportunity to see at first hand the Parliament “at work.” It was the last week of parliament before the summer recess and a busy one with much activity happening including a major reshuffle of the Cabinet by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
We were very grateful to John Finnie MSP who sponsored this event and for the attentive way he and his staff looked after us during the week. Our thanks also go to all the staff in the Parliament building who made us feel so welcome and included.
Listen Well Scotland was delighted that 11 young people from the participating schools attended the exhibition having travelled quite some distance. We were very grateful to those MSPs who took time in their busy schedule to stop and speak to the young people about their experience on the pilot and to listen to their thoughts on the mental wellbeing of young people today
We were particularly grateful to Clare Haughey the newly appointed minister for Mental Health who came to find out more about the work Listen Well Scotland was doing and to learn from the young people about the school pilot.
It was our hope that this exhibition would raise a greater awareness of the charity and the positive contribution Listen Well Scotland and the young people can make to mental wellbeing through the transferable life skills of active listening and its connection to health and wellbeing.