Young people's mental health in Rutland

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Rutland involved nearly 1000 young people in secondary schools and head teachers in primary schools in a mental health survey and other activities to understand what ‘a clear voice for young people looked like’. It was clear that the key points were; understanding the issues, identifying solutions and raising awareness. Young people and providers mapped current services and found the gaps and identified how they would like them filled, then ran a “Dragon’s Den” where providers “pitched to fill the gaps”. Rutland County College hosted a pilot to test a range of new approaches together. A short film about the issues where young people described their lives and the pressures they feel; the project was presented nationally. Young people from Rutland popped up all over to champion an improved service and in doing so gained influencing and leadership skills. Working together with young people and across organisations has started to produce solutions. There was a clear call for the destigmatisation of mental health, early intervention to prevent later more serious illness and joined up support with schools, service providers and other local organisations anxious to collaborate together to find solutions. Young people and Healthwatch were invited to work with Health and Social Care Chiefs planning substantial new funding. Healthwatch and the young people of Rutland are pleased their voices have been heard but won’t be completely happy until the stigma of mental health is gone. Funding was secured to enable all the secondary schools in Rutland to participate in the “train the trainer” scheme – delivered by Young Minds - to bring resilience training to the schools. Primary schools were also offered a full programme of training for staff to help improve the emotional health and well-being of pupils.

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General details

Report title 
Young people's mental health in Rutland
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Rutland
Date of publication 
Friday, 8 January, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 8 January, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 8 January, 2016
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Communication between staff and patients
Engagement
Public involvement
Staff training
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-6582

Methodology and approach

Primary research method used 
Engagement event
Survey
User stories
How was the information collected? 
Survey

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Community mental health team (CMHT)
Mental health crisis service

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Mental health
Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition

Details of people who shared their views

Age group 
All people under the age of 18
Gender 
All
Ethnicity 
All
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
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Positive

Outcomes and impact

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