Article 24 (health and health services)

Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

Every child has the right to the best possible health and this includes mental health. Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 is taking place this week and the theme for 2019 is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

Body image issues can affect all of us at any age. With the increase in use of social media like Facebook and Instagram there is now research into the effects this can have on mental health and body image issues and it seems there is some correlation. It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week have experienced a common mental health problem so if you are feeling like this might be you then you are not alone.

For more information and guidance about your mental health, or if you have concerns about someone, then the links below may help.

Mental Health Awareness website  https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health

NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

MIND https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/seeking-help-for-a-mental-health-problem/#.XNVUZI5KjIU

Young Minds https://youngminds.org.uk/

Action for Children https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/support-for-parents/children-s-mental-health/

NHS information about Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)  https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/camhs-information-for-children-and-young-people/

Rethink Mental Illness https://www.rethink.org/carers-family-friends/what-you-need-to-know/getting-help-in-a-crisis

BBC article ‘How Social Media Affects Body Image’ http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190311-how-social-media-affects-body-image

Moodjuice https://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/



Article 5 (parental guidance and a child’s evolving capacities)

Governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents and carers to provide guidance and direction to their child as they grow up, so that they fully enjoy their rights. This must be done in a way that recognises the child’s increasing capacity to make their own choices.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) makes three direct references to parental responsibility (articles 5, 18 and 27). Parents/carers should always consider what is best for children and governments should help parents/carers do this by providing support. The UNCRC is 30 years old and to mark this, David Beckham looks back over his life and mentions how his parents helped him on his journey by supporting him.

David Beckham UNICEF video https://youtu.be/jBY-hO-ubV8


Article 23 (children with a disability)

A child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life with dignity and, as far as possible, independence and to play an active part in the community. Governments must do all they can to support disabled children and their families.

Last week the news reported on a horse and ‘chariot’ taking wheelchair users onto the beach at St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire. This type of action is allowing disabled children to live a full life with dignity and helps makes progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 10 ‘Reduced Inequalities’. There is a similar project at Balmedie Beach where you can hire a specially-designed all-terrain wheelchair from the Sand Bothy Café.

Unfortunately, a month ago, the bunker used by the group who provide this (Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs) was vandalised. This type of behaviour wastes money which could be spent on more equipment or facilities. Thankfully this hasn’t stopped the group and if you

want to book one of the all-terrain wheelchairs call 07864 350989. You can also help by volunteering with the group and this will allow even more people to benefit from the wheelchairs.

There are other groups who help achieve article 23 in Aberdeenshire such as Grampian Disability Sport who are launching a new Powerchair Football Club, Enable, Archway and Charlie House’s monthly activities club. For more information on these groups please use the links below.

UNCRC Article 23 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w6oixkvg-A

St Cyrus Beach https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-48036516

Balmedie Beach www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/1530948/balmedie-beach-takes-delivery-of-special-all-terrain-wheelchair/amp/

Vandalism of Balmedie Beach Wheelchair’s bunker www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/outrage-after-beach-bunker-used-by-north-east-wheelchair-group-vandalised/amp/ www.balmediebeachwheelchairs.co.uk