My Health, My Future

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Suffolk was commissioned by NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups to explore emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in 2019.  This follows three previous surveys on this subject

14 schools and four colleges took part in the 2019 ‘My Health, Our Future’ survey. In total, 11,950 young people took part in the survey from February to July 2019.

The report, which can be accessed here, covers the following issues:

  • The wellbeing scores of the young people surveyed which is significantly lower for this cohort of Suffolk students compared to the national picture. 
  • Whether children and young people had a mental health difficulty and their experience of seeking support for this.
  • The most important sources of support for students for their wellbeing
  • The self-esteem score for young people in Suffolk
  • The experience of young people who have self-harmed
  • Resilience levels
  • The proportion of students who had drunk alcohol and taken drugs 
  • Usage of social media
  • Causes of stress
  • Hours of sleep
  • Information needs about sexual health

There are in-focus sections about the wellbeing needs of LGBTQ*+ students, students with a physical disability, carers, carers, gypsies and travellers, in care, ethnic minorities and learning disabilities or SEN students.



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General details

Report title 
My Health, My Future
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Suffolk
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 12 February, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 February, 2019
Date evidence capture finished 
Wednesday, 31 July, 2019
Type of report 
Key themes 
Health inequalities
Health protection
Holistic support
Information providing
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 
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

Primary care services 
GP practice
Secondary care services 
Sexual health
Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people under the age of 18
Sexual orientation 
Other population characteristics 
People who misuse drugs
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? 
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? 
Not applicable
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.