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Amplified Insights Survey

At the start of the Amplified project we invited young people, parents, carers and professionals to tell us all about their experiences of participation in mental health services - the successes, the ambitions, as well as the challenges.

The survey

In 2017, at the start of the Amplified project, we wanted to find out more about what was happening nationally when it came to participation in young people's mental heath services. We created three surveys and sent them out via our networks and social media. Nearly 1,500 young people, 650 parents and 400 professionals took part and the results were used to identify gaps in the system and ensure that we were providing services which met those needs.

The results give a clear indicator about how young people feel about mental health, their role in looking after their own wellbeing and how they think they could be involved in shaping services in the future. Enthusiasm for participation was also found among parents and carers and professionals, alongside areas where all groups felt less confident and wanted more information.

We heard...

83% of professionals think young people should be more involved in making the decisions which affect their organisations day to day.

72% of young people agree that getting involved in decisions about how their services are run will help make them better for themselves and other young people.

94% of parents agree that getting them more involved in service planning could improve the wellbeing of children and young people

Comments from George, our Youth Advisor

It’s really encouraging to see that 83% of professionals think young people should be more involved in shaping the decisions that impact day to day operations of their organisation.

“But it’s also clear that some young people and parents lack confidence and opportunities to make changes to mental health services in their local area, and can find it hard to access information about mental health which is useful to them.

This is something that really needs to be worked on - making information more easily accessible is crucial to getting help at an early stage. #TeamAmplified will be using these findings to work out what needs to be addressed first in order for mental health services to change."

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