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Stressed, anxious or upset? You are not alone

Do you know or are you a teenager that is stressed, anxious or upset? 

Do you know or are you a teenager that is stressed, anxious or upset? 

To support teenagers who are anxious or worried, Brighton and Hove City Council want to hear your ideas to help improve mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people in Brighton & Hove.

Brighton and Hove City Council, Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, schools and local services are looking at ways they can improve the help and support children and young people get, when they have problems that make them feel really stressed, worried, upset or angry.

At Varndean School wellbeing for students is of huge importance, and we offer a range of services within our school for all students. Our Wellbeing for Students page gives examples of where students can turn both in school and outside of school when they feel the need.

Social media is the biggest and growing method of communication for young people and many of them they have never known a world without social media. The question is: are city services equipping young people with the skills and confidence to manage social media to get the best from it? Does this impact on their emotional health?

Dr Becky Jarvis, a local GP and Mental Health Lead for NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We know that the world children and young people live in today is changing fast and we want to develop mental health and emotional support services that are innovative and are based on what young people and the people that care for them and work with them really want and need. We want to do things differently and hear your views which will help us to shape future services in Brighton and Hove.”

To do this they need to hear from children and young people, as well as parents and carers and have launched online surveys open until 31st July 2015.

There is also a prize draw: young people completing the survey will be entered and could win £50 Amazon vouchers whilst parents and carers completing the survey stand a chance of winning £30 Marks and Spencer vouchers. Please contribute your ideas below.

Parents and carers survey

Young people’s survey

For more information contact Kerry.clarke@brighton-hove.gov.uk or gill.brooks1@nhs.net