Summary of report content
346 young people in Kingston and Richmond took part in Youth Out Loud!’s survey and responded to questions about their mental & physical health and about accessing healthcare services & information.Overall, the majority of young people reported improved or stable mental health during lockdown. Worse mental health was seen among 15- and 17-year olds, and among more females than males; with the most common reasons being not seeing friends and loved ones. A decrease in pressure from school and more time to reflect contributed to improved mental health, especially in 13, 14 and 16-year olds. Many young people reported using the creative arts to maintain good mental health. The majority of young people who could access the help they needed rated their mental and physical health more positively. Physical exercise was a key factor in maintaining good physical health; most of those who didn’t or couldn’t pursue it reported worse or much worse physical health. Almost half the young people that participated in the survey found physical healthcare to be neither worse nor better than pre-lockdown. However, the majority of young people with health conditions and/or disabilities said that the service they received was worse. Young people felt that young people’s service providers could support them to identify age-suitable online resources within the abundant information available, while accessing clearer and evidence-based resources.
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Young People’s Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Crisis
Healthwatch Kingston upon Thames
Healthwatch Richmond upon Thames
Date of publication
Wednesday, 21 October, 2020
Date evidence capture began
Monday, 18 May, 2020
Date evidence capture finished
Friday, 26 June, 2020
Type of report
Continuity of care
Digitalisation of services
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number
Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation?
What type of organisation requested the work
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner?
Youth Out Loud! (YOL!)- a group of young people aged 13-17
Primary research method used
How was the information collected?
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced?
Primary care services
Mental health services
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Number of people who shared their views
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?
Is there evidence of impact in the report?
Is there evidence of impact external to the report?