The ‘Helping more people to have their say’ award recognises Healthwatch who have used people’s views to make tangible improvements to local health and social care services.
Healthwatch Sutton surveyed over 5000 local children and young people in schools to gain a valuable insight into their mental health needs.
The pupils gave an honest account of the different challenges they face, including loneliness, self-harm and exam pressure. The report also highlighted the different barriers to accessing support for their mental health.
This work was instrumental in the application process that secured an extra £1.8million funding for schools to provide support for the mental health of young people locally.
David Williams, Healthwatch Sutton Chair, said:
“We are thrilled this report has been recognised by Healthwatch England at a national level.
We have heard from over 5000 children and young people in Sutton to highlight different aspects of their mental health. Their views and experiences are helping to transform our local services, and in turn, enhance their lives in the future.”
The local Healthwatch shortlisted for 2019 Healthwatch Network Awards were picked from almost 150 award entries.
The winner from each category will be chosen by a panel of external judges and announced at the Healthwatch England Annual Conference on Tuesday 1st October 2019.