Being happy, being me

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Summary of report content

This report is part of a programme of work with young people to help local health and care commissioners understand what will help young people keep emotionally well and cope with difficulties in life. It was funded by Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group. They are working together to develop a model of care called i-THRIVE. To encourage young people to talk more about their experiences, Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Healthwatch Peterborough designed the Your Mental Wellbeing survey. The survey asks young people about their experiences as well as how they access mental health services. Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Healthwatch Peterborough staff spoke to 534 young people between the ages of 11 to 20 years. In each school, we were asked to provide the sessions in different ways as each had a specific schedule and a way they felt we could best engage their students. As a result, Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Healthwatch Peterborough developed several ways of delivering sessions to students that included assemblies, lunch time sessions to give information and personal social and health education (PSHE) lessons. In terms of the main findings of the report: Many young people found words to do with mental health, like thriving and resilience, difficult to understand; more education is needed to fight stigma around mental health; many young people found it difficult to define what mental health is; Young people generally did not know about mental health services, unless they had used CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), young people said they needed better access to services; some young people felt that there are a lack of self-referral options, other than going through the GP; more mental health information for parents and teachers may help with a better understanding of youth mental health. The findings of the survey can be found in this report and have been used to directly inform the redesign of children and young people’s mental health services and the implementation of the new I THRIVE model.

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General details

Report title 
Being happy, being me
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Cambridgeshire
Date of publication 
Thursday, 11 May, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 11 May, 2017
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 11 May, 2017
Type of report 
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Health promotion
Public involvement
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 
Engagement event
User stories
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

Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
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? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Does the information include other people's views? 
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
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

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.