Be Yourself - Everybody Else Is Taken young people report

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Dorset created this report to hear from younger people about their lives, about what it is like to be them and what are the health and wellbeing issues for them. Over 150 contributions in a wide variety of mediums – including images, painting, blogs, vlogs, films, poetry - helped to give an insight into how young people are feeling. Healthwatch Dorset engaged with schools, colleges, universities and community groups, and ran school assemblies, creative workshops and small focus groups, where they discovered the stresses young people face, the pressure of social expectations, their fears and their general overview on opening up about their problems. These groups consisted of 1-2-1 chats, games, artwork and group discussions. They gave young people the opportunity to talk about their story and highlighted how being listened to really helped. Key themes of the report included two in particular: - The first is the depth of emotion and feeling, expressed in recurring words such as –understand me: stop bullying me: rage: fear: hate: invisible: drowning in endless thoughts: depression: anxiety: sad: alienated: broken: worthless: isolated: rejected: inferior: ashamed: vulnerable: worthless. - The second is the positive messages people wanted to give to others, like: “Don’t bottle it up. Talk about it. Be brave. Beat it.”, “Be supporting and accepting towards anyone you meet.”, “Don’t be quiet and keep it all in. There are always people that want to listen.” Key messages included: • The key is early intervention and raising awareness. • Mental Health should be spoken about from a young age. The term “mental health” should be used so that it no longer becomes a taboo subject. • Each year, as a young person develops, their understanding of mental health and stress should grow. They should be encouraged to open up and discuss how they feel, whether it’s in a group environment or on a 1-2-1 basis. There are no recommendations in this report and it does not include a response from any service providers.

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General details

Report title 
Be Yourself - Everybody Else Is Taken young people report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Dorset
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 25 April, 2017
Type of report 
Key themes 
Holistic support
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
Deliberative event
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition

Details of people who shared their views

Age group 
All people under the age of 18
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
Not known
Does the information include other people's views? 
Not known
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.