Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Report

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Worcestershire carried out a survey for 13 to 19-year olds in order to gather the experiences of young people in Worcestershire during COVID-19 and the impact on their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

  • Majority felt their mental health and emotional wellbeing was a bit worse since the start of the pandemic. Reasons included social isolation/lack of social interaction with family and friends, effect on mental and physical health, loss of freedoms/restrictions, educational reasons, and home environment.
  • Those who had a positive impact of COVID-19 said they had more time to focus on themselves or feel pressured to socialise.
  • The top four issues they were worried about the most included impact of COVID-19 on school / college work / grades / exam results, friends or family catching COVID-19, loss of freedom / usual routine and activities, and impact on future job / career opportunities.
  • Most young people understood the current social distancing rules and had someone to speak to about concerns related to Covid-19. However, there were some who felt they had no one they could talk to.
  • Most felt they had enough information about looking after their emotional wellbeing / mental health. Most preferred one-to-one face to face session when accessing support for emotional wellbeing.

The report contains recommendations for the local CCG, NHS Trust, Council, School/Colleges and for parents and carers to provide better support for the mental wellbeing of young people.

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General details

Report title 
Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Worcestershire
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 24 March, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 3 December, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 31 January, 2021
Key themes 
Access
Health and safety
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Support

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
None
Primary research method used 
Survey
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 
262
Age group 
1-15 years
16-17 years
18-24 years
Gender 
All
Ethnicity 
All
Specific ethnicity if known 
Any other Asian background
Any other Mixed/Multiple ethnic background
Gypsy or Irish Traveller
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
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? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

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.