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.