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In October 2019, with the support of our Creative Learning Partner Baillie Gifford, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra launches NEW VIBE in partnership with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). NEW VIBE is designed for teenagers with moderate to severe mental health difficulties who will be referred into the project by CAMHS. Led by a team of specially trained musicians, the project will be supported by peer mentors drawn from other SCO projects and members of the CAMHS team.

What is social prescribing?

Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs, and many schemes are focussed on improving mental health and physical well-being. Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. Those who could benefit from social prescribing schemes include people with mild or long-term mental health problems, vulnerable groups, and people who are socially isolated.

Why are we focusing on mental health?

Mental health is one of the major public health challenges in Scotland today, and unfortunately there are growing numbers of young people struggling with a lack of mental wellbeing. It is estimated that around one in ten children and young people aged between 5 and 16 years old have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem (

How might NEW VIBE help?

We know that music can bring people together to create positive, shared experiences. According to project leader Paul Griffiths, “VIBE aims to create an atmosphere of trust, patience and absolute positive regard for all. My hope for the NEW VIBE project is that we can find spaces for these young people to explore their creative voices. We aim to listen to them, find ways to work as artists together, and to provide a place for them to feel heard, supported and encouraged to develop musically and socially.’’

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