Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

“Uplifting” Angus Beavers praised for maturity in tackling mental health topic

Angus councillor Ben Lawrie visited the Monifeith beaver group
Angus councillor Ben Lawrie visited the Monifeith beaver group

Young Angus Beaver Scouts have been hailed for their “uplifting” approach to breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health in a heartwarming presentation.

Ben Lawrie, a local councillor who has spoken candidly about his struggle with depression, was invited to the Monifieth Beaver colony as part of the group’s work towards the Scout Association’s million hands initiative, which aims to tackle difficult subjects such as mental health.

The Monifeith beavers have used games such as Jenga to explore the issue of mental health

The youngest elected member on Angus Council, Liberal Democrat Mr Lawrie has previously revealed his struggle with personal demons and an attempt to take his own life in 2013.

He continues to work to promote mental health wellbeing and break down barriers surrounding the issue, and described the presentation from the Beavers as the “nicest thing” he had received since becoming a councillor.

Beaver group leader Leanne Morris said she and a colleague were keen to educate the boys on the equality of mental and physical health.

She said: “We had lots of fun exploring the issue, periodically revisiting the subject and the Beavers are all now very comfortable talking about their feelings.

Mr Lawrie was given a special presentation by the group

“We told the Beavers how Ben was brave enough to tell everyone that he had been sad at times but that it was more difficult to go to the doctor when you are sad than when you have sore tummy.

“We explained that we need more people to talk about how they are feeling and that Ben was helping people to be brave enough to do this.”

Mr Lawrie said: “They told me how they’ve learned that you can’t put a plaster on your feelings and that it helps to talk about them.

Angus councillor Ben Lawrie visited the Monifeith beaver group

“They signed their names on plasters and presented them to me on a petition asking me to continue my work in raising awareness of mental health so that their generation will grow up knowing that it’s OK not to be OK.”

Mr Lawrie added: “It was really uplifting to see the Beavers being taught something so important at such a young age.

“I grew up with a limited understanding of mental health and learning to manage depression has been a lifelong and ongoing journey for me.

“I have nothing but admiration for the leaders at the 1st Monifieth – 11th Angus Scout Group and the fantastic leadership that they’re showing on this really important issue.”

Earlier this year Mr Lawrie was praised by Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie following the release of a documentary called A Confession of Depression which the Angus councillor had worked on over many months with Dundee filmmaker Stuart Burns.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]