Teenage mental health public meeting report

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Summary of report content

Access to mental health services for young people are particularly problematic, both locally and nationally; at the same time, mental health issues for children and young people are on the increase. Mental health is stigmatised, and children and young people are especially vulnerable and hard to reach. Healthwatch North Somerset recommends that access to mental health services in North Somerset is addressed as a priority. The meeting was held at the Methodist Church, Nailsea, on 28th April 2014 at 6.30pm. Consideration was given to the time and location of the event, as Healthwatch North Somerset acknowledge that any chosen time or location could exclude part of the population. To ensure Healthwatch North Somerset meetings are widely accessible to the public Healthwatch North Somerset seeks to ensure public meetings vary in terms of time, weekday and venue. The Healthwatch North Somerset Teenage Mental Health public meeting illustrated just how widespread mental health issues are for young people and the depth of concern in North Somerset. The speakers and public both raised the major concern of lack of funding for young people’s mental health services locally and nationally, and the consequential extremely long waiting times and very strict criteria for access. The issue of integration of health and social services needing to work better together for the best outcomes was also raised. There is a lot of work that could be done in and with schools, around prevention and early recognition, leading to early intervention, but again, for this to happen, resources are needed.

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General details

Report title 
Teenage mental health public meeting report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch North Somerset
Date of publication 
Monday, 28 April, 2014
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 28 April, 2014
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 28 April, 2014
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Communication between staff and patients
Quality of care
Quality of treatment
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-6670

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
Primary research method used 
Deliberative event
How was the information collected? 
Meeting
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
40
Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
No
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
N/A
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Yes
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No
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.