Thursday 8th February 2018


A mental health project for young people with long-term physical conditions is being rolled out across Scotland.

Following a trial in Glasgow, it will now be available to schools and youth organisations nationwide.

The Ucan project aims to prevent mental health problems arising in adulthood by supporting young people earlier.

Figures show that 30% of people with long-term conditions like arthritis and spina bifida have mental health issues.

People living with long-term conditions are also more likely to experience psychological problems.

Experts have said prolonged stress alters immunity, making illness more likely and recovery more difficult – especially for those who are already unwell.

The Ucan project is being led by the Mental Health Foundation, which said a key component of its work was delivering “Stress Less” workshops alongside mental health charities.


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