STIRLING MSP Bruce Crawford marked Children’s Mental Health Week last week by meeting with Place2Be Scotland in the Scottish Parliament.

Place2Be is a charitable organisation that offers expert training and support for schools for children and young people's mental health.

Mr Crawford also recently met with Mental Health Champions at Wallace High School which has focused on mental and emotional health - training more than a dozen staff to be mental health first aiders and involving pupils as mental health champions.

He said: "According to a survey by See Me Scotland, two-thirds of people in Scotland feel they have no one to talk to about mental health issues.

"Children’s Mental Health Week is about helping to address this for our younger people.

"The work that Place2Be Scotland do in helping schools across the country support young people is fantastic and I was delighted to meet with some of the team in Holyrood last week.

"Similarly, Wallace High School is leading the way in raising awareness of the ‘elephant in the room’ on mental health – educating pupils and training staff to be aware of the warning signs that someone might need to talk.

"I look forward to hearing more about the progress that Wallace High School makes on this matter and would encourage other schools to consider what more can be done to help address the stigma of mental health."