Summary of report content
The youth arm of Healthwatch Central West London, known as Young Healthwatch Westminster, created a mental health survey to capture how young people think about their mental health, what causes them stress, their knowledge of local and national support, and of course, the impact of COVID-19 on their wellbeing. They collected information from 144 respondents aged between 11 and 25 years of age.
The report found that more people from the BAME communities said that COVID-19 has affected their mental health. A quarter of those from BAME communities reported losing a family member. People reported a lack of information and support around mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak from schools. However, 78% of young people believed there had been enough information during the crisis but the way in which it was disseminated was called into question. There was a distinct lack of awareness of local mental health support services, with evidence of significant stigma relating to the term "mental health."
No recommendations were made in this report.