Through the schools assembly process, all students were presented with information about Healthwatch to support them to start thinking having the opportunity to be involved.
We offered all Year 9 students (aged 13-14 years) the opportunity to complete an online survey to find out what is important to them about their own personal health and well-being.
A very good response rate of 119 responses was received, which equates to the majority of the year group.
We found that:
- Mental health was seen as an important topic for health and well-being, with 80% of the girls feeling it was very important or important
- 73% felt strongly about the importance of physical activity
- Half of the sample considered body image to be important and 46% said that sexual health was important
- Most would not look within the school setting for help, information and/or advice about their health and well-being. Nearly 60% of the sample group would look within their family/friendship circle for this
- 78 students said it was highly unlikely they would use a telephone helpline for advice
- 40% said they would be likely or very likely to look for information on the internet However, a quarter of the group said it was highly unlikely that they would use the internet
- The responses show the young people would be less likely to seek help from a pharmacy than a GP or a nurse.
- It appears from the comments that the girls have made that they are generally happy with the services they receive but consider the waiting times to be too long.