ISOLATION, low mood, heightened anxiety and increased stress levels are just some of mental health challenges impacting children and adolescents.

It comes as the city’s young people continue to face the implications of Covid-19, learn how to cope with bereavement and try to understand redundancies and job losses within the family.

To help young people get the support they need during and post coronavirus, Glasgow City Council’s education services are expected to form a partnership with the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), Glasgow Life and third sector organisations to deliver their mental health wellness plan.

The aim is to support children and young people and those who look after them in educational settings and within the community.

It follows the 13 recommendations of The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce jointly commissioned by the Scottish Government and COSLA in July 2019.

These included a strategic partnership with full involvement of the third sector, support for innovation and change, digital solutions, co-design with children and young people, education and training.

The Mental Health Action Plan 2017-20 produced by education services comprised of an extensive programme of work to support children and young people and those who support them in educational settings and within the community.

The next stage will allow the council’s education department, the (HSCP), Glasgow Life and the third sector, to consolidate further and commit to deliver on this agenda.

The 2020/23 plan was developed by the Children’s Services Executive Group but its implementation was interrupted by COIVD-19 which has lead to the creation of interim proposals reflecting the impact of COVID-19.

A report presented to councillors states: “During the pandemic, many organisations have undertaken surveys or research into how COVID19 has impacted on young people. These have been undertaken at different points during the last 5 months.

“Feedback from many sources report increased feelings of isolation, low mood, anxiety with many young people reporting a deterioration in their mood and mental health during this period.”