Worcester News Article – Monday 19th October

10th October was World Mental Health Day and prioritising mental health has never been more important. Of those who responded to our Covid-19 Survey, one in five said that Covid-19 was having a significant impact on their mental health and the proportion of people who reported this increased over the time the survey was running, suggesting the impact on people’s mental health is increasing as time goes on.

Being able to access information and support is key. In the later stages of our survey, mental health and emotional wellbeing was the topic people rated most difficult to find information about. Many people who were already in touch with mental health services told us that they had found communication poor and services difficult to access.

We are keen to hear more from people in Worcestershire about experiences of using local mental health services. So please get in touch if you have recently used or tried to use mental health services and share your feedback with us.

Mental Health is part of many aspects of our current work at Healthwatch. We will soon be starting a project gathering feedback from people who have been using Worcestershire’s Community Assessment and Recovery Service (CARS). Last week we gave a presentation of our LGBT+ Report to Worcestershire’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Partnership Board, highlighting specific issues young people raised in relation to sexuality and gender identity and mental health.

We have also been finalising our Time to Change action plan, setting out how we will fulfil our commitment as an organisation to the Employer Pledge, ensuring that we provide a supportive working environment and culture around mental health and wellbeing. Further information about mental health and support available in Worcestershire can be found via links on the Advice and Information pages of our website.

Thank you to those who took part in our online Public Board Meeting on 8th October, raising issues and asking questions. A recording of the presentation about plans for shared patient care records and a patient portal is available on our website News page and our YouTube channel.

Visit our website for more information and to share your experiences of local services in confidence – www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk Or contact us on 01386 550264 / info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk