Summary of report contentYouthWatch 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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Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) in schools
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
Lifestyle and wellbeing
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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?
Primary research method used
How was the information collected?
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced?
Mental health services
Community mental health team (CMHT)
Number of people who shared their views
Specific ethnicity if 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?
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?