Young Healthwatch on Health & Wellbeing in Brighton & Hove secondary schools

Young Healthwatch wanted to know what young people know about the mental health support available in their school, and what were their ideas around what could be improved.
Young people round a table talking and working


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.


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