During the 2019 Rural Youth Project Ideas Festival, delegates were asked to identify the biggest issues in their community, collated below, in relation to the following categories: education, employment, infrastructure, health and 'other'.
These issues then formed the basis of the Design Thinking Workshop, a human-centred approach to creating new and innovative ideas, led by Rosemary Scrimgeour – who runs rural architecture practice Building Workshop with husband Ben - who is graduate of the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme (SERLP).
“Not particularly good mental health service.”
“Far from pharmacy and Accident and Emergency services.”
“The utilisation of the work we already do within land-based survival and opening that up to more people and the community.”
“The openness of agricultural communities to deal with mental health issues and spotting them.”
“Lack of options in health provider/GP.”
“Stigma from not having a "nuclear family" lifestyle.”
“Mental Health Support - stigma - access to services, time frame/waiting lists and the continuity of support.”
“Responsible for his or herself ‘take your time’.”
“Islands: No mental health provisions.”
“Health: Getting support, access to larger hospitals, quick doctor appointments (limited appointments, can't easily plan to go).”
“Quietness (working from home, feel the loneliness - important to meet people through the week).”