Summary of report content
This report shares the insights from Healthwatch Northumberland’s on-going work to
understand the different mental health services available for young people and the
barriers they may face in using them.
Healthwatch Northumberland met with organisations providing specialist mental health and generalist services in the statutory, voluntary and community sectors to get an overview of the current availability and nature of ‘universal’ service information. To further understand what information and universal support with mental health and emotional wellbeing was available to children young people and their families in Northumberland, they researched and reviewed the content of GP surgery websites. They were also invited to join the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership
Group and the Children and Young People’s Participation Group. As a consequence, they assisted Northumberland Adolescent Service and the Health Improvement
Specialist for Northumbria Healthcare in the planning and facilitation of a day long
event for young people known to these agencies.
Healthwatch Northumberland are aware that this work focuses on only one part of young people’s journeys –the very first ‘in door’ to mental health services. They would hope the next stage in this research will give some insight into the experiences young people and their families have.