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.