A mental health needs assessment of young Irish travellers at Lynton close, Brent

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Summary of report content

This report was written by Brent Centre for Young Prople following feedback gathered during a research project on young people and mental health from the local traveller community. Focus groups and interviews were used. Healthwatch Brent was a funder of this research. The report was published July, 2016. It is based on focus group discussions with local people as well as interviews. A total of 24 people were engaged with. Overall sentiment was mixed. The research set out to assess how those living at a particular traveller site thought about their lives, environment, and the impact on mental health. As a result there were concerns raised about the amount of space, acitivites for young people, trouble at school, access to services. A set of recommendations has been made by the Brent Centre. No response from providers is attached, though this project is intended to be informative for a range of local services and groups that work with the traveller community. Key findings and recommendations: - Postnatal depression - Greater need for schools to understand the traveller community - Possible higher incidence of depression for men in the community - More space for women needed - More space for living needed - Activities for children needed

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General details

Report title 
A mental health needs assessment of young Irish travellers at Lynton close, Brent
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Brent
Date of publication 
Thursday, 1 September, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 March, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 30 June, 2016
Type of report 
Key themes 
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 
Voluntary and Community Sector
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Brent centre for young people
Primary research method used 
Focus group
Structured interview
How was the information collected? 

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Specific ethnicity if known 
Gypsy or Irish Traveller
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? 
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? 

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.