Sandy Youth Mental Wellbeing Project

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire worked with Youth Action to train and develop a group of young volunteers to carry out peer interviews. They co-produced a set of key questions aimed at exploring the young peoples' knowledge and understanding of mental health, their experiences, and the experiences of those around them or those close to them, such as friends or family members. Eleven Respondents, aged between 12 and 19, were interviewed at the Sandy Youth Club and were also asked to rate any service they had personal experience of. Though the number of respondents is not statistically significant, the project provides insight into young peoples’ understanding and experiences of mental health. The report contains individual stories that provide a clear demonstration that children and young people know about and experience mental health issues and the significant impact on their lives that these can have.

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General details

Report title 
Sandy Youth Mental Wellbeing Project
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire
Date of publication 
Thursday, 1 February, 2018
Type of report 
Key themes 
Information providing
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 
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Youth Action
Primary research method used 
Structured interview
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Counselling/improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT)
Psychiatry/mental health (hospital services)
Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Mental health crisis service
Mental health recovery service
Psychiatry / mental health (other services)
Social care services 
Children services

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Mental health
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
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? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
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.