Young people speak up about mental health

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch South Tees (Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland) undertook research about the mental health needs of young people as it was a local and national priority.  They wanted to explore what local young people identified as factors that have a negative impact on their mental health, as well as preventative solutions. They spoke to 491 young people under the age of 25.

Stress and pressure were most frequently mentioned by young people as the top causes of poor mental health. Support, help and talking were most frequently advocated to prevent mental health problems. Schools, including teachers, were a major factor contributing to poor mental health for young people. Bullying was the second most significant cause of poor mental health with many references to schools as highlighted previously. Social media was raised as a concern causing poor mental health for young people. Family was the third most important causal factor raised, particularly family bereavements, upbringing and childhood experiences.  The report goes on to look at the differing experiences of different age groups.

There were no recommendations, but Healthwatch South Tees expresses the hope that these views and experiences can be used to influence and shape local decisions in improving mental health care and support for young people, relative to their needs and priorities.

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General details

Report title 
Young people speak up about mental health
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Middlesbrough
Healthwatch Redcar & Cleveland
Date of publication 
Thursday, 23 April, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 October, 2019
Date evidence capture finished 
Tuesday, 31 December, 2019
Type of report 
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Focus group
How was the information collected? 

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
18-24 years
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Other population characteristics 
Refugees or asylum seekers
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
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.