Find out how we have helped young people to share their views and experiences of health and care services in Devon.

Background

Devon has an older population profile than England. There are large numbers of over 85’s in communities across the county, and age-related illnesses are a major driver of Devon’s health and well-being strategy. In all the debate about how to look after an ageing population, it is vital to remember that young people also need looking after. We need to listen to what young people are telling us about their own health needs, and we need to ensure that local health services are able to respond.

What we did

Young People speak out Report

Young people speak out on health and well-being

Over the last year, we have spoken to over 1,000 young people across Devon. We asked them about the health issues that matter to them, and asked how (and whether) local health services work for them.

Our findings

Young people’s top three health concerns are:

  • Mental health, including depression/anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders
  • Smoking, drugs and alcohol
  • Sexual health and pregnancy

Read our 4 page summary

Where next?

We aim to give young people a voice in a county where the health agenda tends to be dominated by issues of ageing. We are keen to work with partner organisations on ways to extend and reinforce feedback from young people.

For more information, please contact our Children’s and Young People’s Engagement Worker, Aggie Szpinda. Tel: 01392 248 919 ext *180 aggie@healthwatchdevon.co.uk

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