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Healthwatch Gloucestershire is asking young people: ‘What affects your mental health and what social support and activities help you to manage?’

by | Jan 10, 2023 | Healthwatch Gloucestershire, Local Healthwatch

If you’re age 14 to 25, Healthwatch Gloucestershire wants to know what affects your mental health, what social support and activities help you to manage, and what more social support you need?

Your views and experiences will be used to help services in Gloucestershire improve mental health support for young people.

Suzie Compton, Healthwatch Gloucestershire’s Engagement Officer, said: “We’re particularly interested in how young people use and benefit from non-clinical, more social aspects of mental health care and support. This might include, for example, getting involved in activities or interest groups, such as relaxation, fitness and sports, music, arts, horticulture, or the environment; attending community or social groups; joining online support forums or communities; using mindfulness and wellbeing apps; being supported by friends and family or people at school or college…

“We want to know what works for you and what more you think could be done to help you build, manage, and sustain good mental health. Tell us and we’ll tell those who have the power to make change happen. Your views will make a real difference, so do please get in touch and tell is what you think.”

You have until Thursday 9 February to share your views and experiences confidentially with Healthwatch Gloucestershire. You can:

Through their Young Listeners project in 2022, Healthwatch Gloucestershire has already advised the counties NHS and care providers about improvements young people would like to see to young people’s clinical mental health services (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services – CAMHS). Findings from this new project will build on that work and continue to focus on the need for better mental health care for young people in Gloucestershire.

Read more on the dedicated project webpage

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