Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) in schools

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Summary of report content

YouthWatch scrutinised the Future in Mind: Leeds plan between May and November 2018 to explain how people will work together to improve children and young people’s emotional and mental health. The project was coproduced with YouthWatch volunteers who have been involved in all aspects of the work from the initial planning, designing of the questionnaires, carrying out the interviews, analysing the data and presenting the findings. The report highlights that children and young people had heard of MindMate mainly through school and understood what it was about. However, the awareness was much lower at summer festivals and in schools that weren’t participating in the programme. Most primary school staff and students gave very good feedback about the lessons but the ones from secondary school or from outside of mainstream settings expected more engaging and adaptable lessons. The overall outlook towards MindMate was positive as it led to children and young people being more open and confident talking about mental health. The report recommended to promote the MindMate services amongst young people and use schools for help; to investigate how MindMate lessons and resources can be used by children and young people with special educational needs; create a resource bank under each MindMate lessons theme; to regularly review and update MindMate lessons and incorporate views of staff and students; to ensure the schools are clear about MindMate Consultants and the available support and to use and adapt the interactive case studies map to encourage more schools to participate with MindMate.

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General details

Report title 
Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) in schools
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Leeds
Date of publication 
Thursday, 1 November, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 May, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 1 November, 2018
Type of report 
Key themes 
Health promotion
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Public involvement
Other information of note about this report 
Meaningful Activities
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? 
Common Room
Primary research method used 
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

Mental health services 
Community mental health team (CMHT)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Specific ethnicity if known 
Sexual orientation 
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? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

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.