Young voices matter: mental and sexual health

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Leicestershire produced a report focusing on young people's mental health and sexual health. It provides an analysis of the responses we receive from their survey and focus group discussions. 

This report reflects the views of over 420 young people. They found embarrassment and lack of confidence acts as a barrier to accessing mental and sexual health services as a young person. This causes problems and challenges when trying to engage with young people who are disconnected from services that have been designed to help and support them. 

Healthwatch's conclusion from the findings of this report were that young people want services that are accessible, equitable, age-appropriate and responsive to their needs. Mainstream services offering a generic type of care are less effective than those that seek to engage and provide for specific targets.

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General details

Report title 
Young voices matter: mental and sexual health
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Leicestershire
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 1 June, 2016
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Booking appointments
Building and facilities
Communication between staff and patients
Digitalisation of services
Health promotion
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Staff attitudes
Support
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-0968

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
Primary research method used 
Focus group
Survey
How was the information collected? 
Research
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Sexual health
Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
420
Age group 
All
Gender 
All
Ethnicity 
All
Specific ethnicity if known 
All
Sexual orientation 
NA
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Negative

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? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No

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.