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Young People and Mental Health

yp_mh_report_prc-165x239From our own data, we recognised the need for better engagement with 16-25 year olds. Local statistics showed an increased prevalence of mental health issues and a lack of engagement with young people on this subject.

Working collaboratively with Peterborough Regional College, we developed a range of questions to gain an insight into a local young person’s perspective on mental health. We also wanted to understand those who work closely with young people and were delighted to be able to ask the college staff a range of questions as part of this study. The survey was promoted from March – May 2015.

584 students and 265 staff participated in the study.

Published in 2016 after consultation with the college, our report highlighted key areas young people found to affect their mental health, such as money, exam stress and sleep. This intelligence can provide a foundation for future work to ensure there is adequate support in these areas. The college has reviewed our report, and will use the findings to identify where they can use it to build recommendations into their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion action plan. We also shared it with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group to be used in developing the children’s Emotional Wellbeing Service redesign.

Click here to read the report.

Click here to check out Healthwatch Peterborough’s  Mental Health Awareness video for young people exploring what mental health is, what can affect mental health, how to manage poor mental health and more.

Through 2016-17, Healthwatch Peterborough and Healthwatch Cambridgeshire worked together on ‘Being Happy Being Me’, a report into young people’s mental health. In it, young people tell us what they think about the language that is used to describe mental health, what their experiences of services have been and how they would like to get help if they need it.

The project was funded by Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group. They are working together to develop a new way of providing mental health care for young people, called ‘I-THRIVE’.  They will be using the information from this piece of work to help inform how services are developed for local young people.

Click here to read ‘Being Happy, Being Me’.