Crediton Community Wellbeing Hub Youth Engagement Report: March 2015

Healthwatch Devon, via the Engagement Gateway, was asked to gather the views of local young people about the proposed development of a Community Well-being Hub at the Crediton Community Hospital site. Through engagement work hearing the views of young people, their perceived priority health and social care needs were identified.

This report presents the findings from activities carried out by Healthwatch Devon between December 2014 and March 2015. We spoke to 292 young people through this engagement project.

From this we are able to identify the key messages for the future delivery of the Crediton hub to ensure it is relevant to, and valued by, local young people.

Key Findings

A total of 292 young people from Crediton took part in the engagement. 216 young people aged 11-25 completed the questionnaire survey. 76 primary school children were also engaged in discussion groups and workshop activities.

Overview

For an overview of young people’s health concerns, it is worth looking at how those who answered the questionnaire survey rated their top three health issues (Appendix 1, Chart 11).

Depression/anxiety came top, with self-harm second. This reflects national research indicating that young people’s mental health is giving increasing cause for concern. It is worth noting that Depression/Anxiety, Self-Harm and Eating Disorders together represent 38% of responses – in other words, that well over one third of respondents put these in their top three health concerns.

Drugs, smoking and alcohol together came in at 26%, indicating that around one quarter of respondents are worried about these health issues. And nearly one in five (18%) put Sexual Health, Pregnancy and HIV/AIDS in their top three.

Click here to read or download the report: Crediton Youth Report

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