A project which offers mental health support to young people with conditions such as arthritis and epilepsy is being extended

A mental health project which supports youngsters with long term physical conditions is set to be extended across Scotland.

Following a successful trial in Glasgow, the Ucan project will be made available to schools and other organisations throughout the country.

The initiative – led by the Mental Health Foundation – was created after research showed that a third of young people with long term conditions have mental health problems.

The foundation’s Rachel Hood said: "Long-term conditions like arthritis, spina bifida, epilepsy and diabetes can have a profound impact on children and young people's mental health.

“Young people with these conditions often become real experts in what they need physically by getting to know their bodies, but often we don't help them to think about what they need to stay mentally well.

“If we can support children to self-manage their mental health as well as their physical health we can prevent poor mental wellbeing in childhood and the emergence of mental health problems into adulthood.”

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