TWO-THIRDS of young Scots think adults act dismissively when they try to talk about their mental health struggles, a survey has indicated.

Some 72% of 16 to 24-year-olds in the country say they have struggled with their mental health and more than half (51%) said they would not tell anyone if they were having problems.

Two-thirds (66%) agreed that families can be dismissive when young people try to open up about their mental health, according to the survey of 1000 young people commissioned by charity See Me and carried out by Censuswide.

The research also indicated just under four in 10 young people think teachers take them seriously when they say they are struggling with mental health.

Kirsty Hughes, 19, from the Borders, said she built up the confidence to talk to teachers she had good relationships with but “they kind of dismissed me”.

She said: “They argued that it was just part of being a teenager … But it wasn’t and they made me feel as though my feelings weren’t valid.

“I suddenly thought, ‘if they don’t understand, then nobody’s going to understand’.”

More than half of those polled (54%) thought young people’s mental health has been taken more seriously since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.