Islander is a top Young Scot

Young Scot, the national youth information agency for Scotland, has announced Gemma Patterson, 19, from the Western Isles was the proud recipient of the Diversity and Citizenship Award at the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2012, in association with The Co-operative Foundation.

For the last few years, Gemma has been heavily involved with ‘see me’, Scotland’s national campaign to tackle the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health.

Gemma talks openly and confidently about her experiences of mental ill-health, the stigma she has faced and her admirable journey to recovery.

She is incredibly committed and passionate about ending the stigma associated with mental health problems, particularly for young people. Gemma has spoken out publicly through many different media outlets as a media volunteer for ‘see me’, sharing her personal experiences in a bid to change people’s attitudes towards mental ill-health. 

Gemma Patterson said: “I was so shocked when they read out my name. It’s really nice that when you do something it gets recognised. I’m so passionate about my work with ‘see me’ and I’m absolutely delighted to see it being recognised at the Young Scot Awards.”

Over 800 guests attended the glittering awards ceremony held at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel on 26 April, Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “We would like pay tribute and congratulate all our amazing Young Scot Award finalists. You truly are an inspiration and we think it’s more than fair to say that all our guests were in awe of your outstanding achievements!

“This year we received a record number of nominations, highlighting the positive contributes young people are making every day to their local communities. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported this year’s Awards, and helped us champion and share the amazing stories of Scotland’s young people.”