Young Healthwatch set out to enrich and complement the information Public Health
Brighton & Hove already had about the Schools Wellbeing Service and to talk to students in secondary schools.
They worked closely with 3 secondary schools in Brighton & Hove asking students their views on wellbeing and mental health support in schools, and what kinds of school-based support worked well, what didn't, & what else could be offered.
- Schools need to be communicate more clearly where mental health support is available in their school.
- Identify the spaces in schools where vulnerable young people may be spending time and recognise the potential for them to provide a more supportive atmosphere and signpost to information and help.
- Provide alternative tools for understanding & managing feelings. Many students felt they lacked spaces to be angry, to cry, or to express themselves in an energetic way without causing disruption or being discouraged.