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Healthwatch Camden listens to young people at Haverstock School

We were able to talk to lots of young women about their priorities for health and social care services. One striking fact was how many of them said that their GP does not listen to them. We also talked about mental health services – some of them were learning about the Mental Health Act. Young people want to be involved in discussions about health, and we will be looking for further opportunities to meet young people and explore their ideas.

We’ll be learning from what worked this time. Making it quick, easy and, above all, anonymous seems to be important in encouraging girls and young women to take part. Our next challenge is finding ways to get boys and young men to do the same!

At the Haverstock School event we also spoke to parents and to people who work in local services. They told us that lengthy assessment processes for mental health services were a problem, and that links between hospitals and community services need to be better. But some things were working well – two people told us about good experiences with outpatients at UCLH and another said that having a lot of services under one roof at the James Wigg practice in Kentish Town was very helpful. You can read their responses in full here.

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