Survey to seek experiences of children's mental health services

Mental health Published Monday, 18th May 2020

Children and young people are being invited to give their views on how their mental health has been affected during the pandemic.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (18th May) and Worcestershire County Council, Herefordshire Council and Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust have launched a survey open to all children in the area.

The aim is to understand how children and young people’s mental health has been affected during the Covid outbreak. The information will then be used to improve and shape services going forward.

Chief Executive of Worcestershire Children First, Catherine Driscoll said: “The mental health of young people in the county is very important, and we know the current situation may have negatively affected them. We want to ensure that mental health services are well equipped to support children and young people and the survey will help us shape these services going forward.”

Councillor John Smith, Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board said: “We want to hear about children and young people’s experiences during this time so we can understand which services have worked well and what can be improved.”

Last year, the Child and Adult Mental Health Service (CAMHS) was rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The survey will be available to fill out online on the Worcestershire Children First website and the Worcestershire Health and Care Trust website.

It can be completed both by children, and parents and guardians. It opens on Monday 18th May to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.

If you would like to take part, here's the survey.