Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire is a group of 11-24 year olds who want to make a difference to health and social care in the county.
In the spring and summer of 2018, Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire gathered the views and experiences from young people across the county on mental health and wellbeing services.
They successfully achieved 749 responses from young people between the ages of 11-19 years old.
The young people that responded valued knowing where to go to get support for their emotional wellbeing. They also identified that support at school and a self-help service were the things that would be most useful for them.
The final report and recommendations will help improve service provision for young people accessing mental health and wellbeing services in Northamptonshire.
Helen Adams, Senior Transformation Manager (Maternity & Children and Young People) for Nene and Corby CCG said: “We welcome the results of this survey and would like to say thank you to all the children and young people who took the time to respond – we always value feedback and use it to plan and deliver services that meet local needs.”
Tanzi Chauhdury, Chair of Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire said: “This survey was designed by young people for young people. We are glad that so many across Northamptonshire took the time to complete the survey and that local providers and commissioners will use this information to plan local services.”
Kate Holt, CEO of Healthwatch Northamptonshire added: “We hear a lot about what and where adults think children and young people need to access support for their mental health and wellbeing, however this report highlights what young people actually think. I'm confident that going forward commissioners and providers will ensure true co-production of services with young people in the county”.
The Young people's views and experiences of emotional wellbeing support in Northamptonshire report can be read at: http://www.healthwatchnorthamptonshire.co.uk/YHWemotionalwellbeingreport2018