Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire successfully achieved 749 responses from young people between the ages of 11-19 years old. The young people that responded valued knowing where to go to get support for their emotional wellbeing. They also identified that support at school and a self-help service were the things that would be most useful for them.
The young people we spoke to valued knowing where to go to get support for their emotional wellbeing and over one-third had needed to access support. Young people had differing experiences of services, with many finding Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) difficult to access or finding long waiting times for services an issue. Support at school and self-help services were things that young people would find useful to support their emotional wellbeing.
This report aims to improve service provision for young people accessing mental health and wellbeing services in Northamptonshire, especially where those young people do not fit the criteria for services such as CAMHS. It ensures the voices of young people are heard at a strategic level by feeding into the NHCP and local ‘Future in Mind’ Transformation Plan refresh.