Rachel in the picture for college place thanks to Includem experience

When anxiety issues were proving a real barrier to 16-year old Rachel achieving her life goals, Includem was asked to step in and help.

Blue flowers photograph by RachelNow, thanks to a programme of intensive support, the Lanarkshire teenager is now about to start a college course in her new found passion, photography. The photography project Includem ran in partnership with local photographer Carlo Paloni, was just one of the ways Includem helped Rachel build her self-confidence.

Rachel was referred to Includem through her school support teacher who felt that our approach could help her break out of the negative lifestyle cycle she was going through.

“Before Includem, I didn’t really have any friends, I never really went out,” said Rachel.

Investment in early intervention key to cutting suicides among young people

Significantly more investment is needed in preventative measures to help improve young people’s mental health to avoid it becoming a potential life and death issue.

The plea was made by our Chief Executive Martin Dorchester, who was speaking at a conference exploring the results of the Scottish Government’s Taskforce on Children and Young People's Mental Health.

He spoke about the extent of mental health problems within the group of 300 plus young people Includem works with every day.

Chief executive appointed to national children's forum

Our chief executive, Martin Dorchester has been appointed to the Children’s Sector Strategic and Policy Forum, led by Children in Scotland.

This is a national group which identifies children's sector-wide solutions.

Speaking about Includem’s membership of the group, Martin said: “Everything we do at Includem is about making sure we do what’s right for the children, young people and families we work with.

Includem gets first class rating for improving young people’s lives

We’re thrilled to have been awarded the Care Inspectorate’s top rating for our work in helping to improve young people’s lives, graded ‘excellent’ for the third year running.

The Inspectorate was particularly impressed by the impact of our work with young people on the fringes of criminality.

“We heard about the huge impact their joint work with Police Scotland had, when the police identified and referred young people to Includem within Glasgow offending rate reduced by half,” they said in their report.

“We consistently heard from young people and their families that Includem had made a significant difference in their lives.”