Lynne Clement, SAMH

I am Lynne, the wellbeing worker for Your Mind Matters, an exciting new project being led by Royal Caledonian Education Trust and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) which is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant. Launching on Children’s Mental Health week, the project’s goal is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Armed Forces children and young people, including both serving and veteran families within West Scotland.

My career path reflects my passion for supporting the wellbeing of young people and I am especially keen to support service children and their families. Being an Army wife for 29 years, my children were raised as “padsbrats” (the fond term for military children!) and my son is now serving himself. This has provided me with unique, first hand experience of the joys, and more importantly, the challenges of the forces lifestyle and its impact on service children.

I believe that service young people experience the same issues as their non-service peer group, but I also know that their unique, semi-nomadic lifestyles paved with uncertainty can add to those issues. Unfortunately, their civilian counterparts may not be able to relate to these feelings.

My natural empathy for this lifestyle is not the only way I can add value to the wellbeing Worker position. I have over 15 years experience in providing pastoral and academic support to young people, many of them who have been disengaged with learning or dealing with adverse life experiences.

I am a calm, compassionate and consistent nurturer who truly believes that every child matters. I want to ensure that every service child understands their value, and knows that they have someone that they can talk to who understands their lifestyle through lived experience.

Your Mind Matters project is definitely something for them, and I want services children to believe that their challenges are valid – but can be successfully overcome.

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