Young people mental health what helped you most what helped you least 2016-2017, Herefordshire

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Summary of report content

In 2017 Healthwatch Herefordshire produced a report that concluded work with 39 young people between 11 and 26 years of age that have experienced difficulties affecting their mental health. The young people shared what helped most and what helped least. The project was carried out in partnership with 6 organisations that work with young people. A wide variety of issues were identified that impact negatively on young people’s mental health with the greatest being disability and anxiety. Over 50% of the young people in this survey had experience of diagnosed mental health conditions. They identified young people experiencing mental health difficulties from as young as 6. In this sample the majority experienced difficulties between 11 and 18 years of age. Recommendations • Health and Social care organisations and Young people support services and practitioners – 6 recommendations were identified some of which suggest the organisations should recognise the effect of multiple issues on young people’s mental health, and the potential mental health implications of disability as it impacts on young people’s ability to socialize and take part in ordinary activities and relationships. In addition Mental Health organisations should consider providing accessible information to help schools, colleges, young people’s organisations and general public to help and support young people earlier with low level mental health difficulties and to refer appropriately to ease stigma of seeking help and to prevent escalation. • Commissioners – 4 recommendations were identified including sponsoring young volunteer projects to create a self-help guide and for more interventions.

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General details

Report title 
Young people mental health what helped you most what helped you least 2016-2017, Herefordshire
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Herefordshire
Date of publication 
Sunday, 1 January, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 January, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 1 January, 2017
Type of report 
Patient experience
Key themes 
Access
Diagnosis
Information providing
Quality of appointment
Support
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-6389

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
Survey
How was the information collected? 
Visit to provider

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Mental health recovery service
Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Mental health
Other

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
39
Gender 
All
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
No
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
No
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
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.