Young people's mental health
Young people need more flexible, creative solutions to give them the information and support they need to stay mentally well.
In the last two years we have talked to young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough about mental health and wellbeing to find out what would best help them.
This work has been funded by our local mental health commissioners. We are keeping in touch with the commissioners to see how young people’s opinions are being taken into account within the re-design of the services. Here are the reports we have published after talking to young people locally.
Our report, ‘Minding us: Improving services for young people at greater risk of mental ill health’ tells the stories of young people's experiences of mental health services and what they want to change. We talked to 90+ young people, including young carers, young people who had been sexually exploited, and young lesbian and gay people. Many had experienced one or more difficult life challenge, for example, dealing with prejudice, isolation or abuse. Published September 2017.
Our report, 'Being Happy, Being Me looks at young people’s attitude towards and understanding of mental health in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
We used Mental Health Awareness Week to launch ‘Being Happy Being Me’, our new report into young people’s mental health. In it, young people tell us what they think about the language that is used to describe mental health, what their experiences of services have been and how they would like to get help if they need it. Published May 2017
Click here to read Being Happy, Being Me - published May 2017
Our report, 'Thriving' looks at young people’s attitude towards and understanding of mental health in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The young people we spoke to told us they wanted to see information provided using words and images that are meaningful to them. They wanted help to develop resilience so they could ‘bounce back’ after a difficult time. As part of Thriving, we also made a number of suggestions to help improve children and young people's emotional wellbeing and mental health. This includes:
- promoting a better understanding of ‘looking after yourself’ and what this means, to help maintain good mental health and well-being;
- investing in Peer to Peer support;
- encouraging schools to talk about mental health to their students, as well as it being a core element of their Personal Social and Health Education curriculum; and
- promoting the value of counselling in schools as a significant investment in helping young people maintain good mental health.
Click here to read Thriving - published May 2016