Healthwatch Sutton have released a report on their findings from a 2018 survey which questioned over 5000 young people in the borough about their mental health needs.
Key findings from the report indicate that LGBT young people are four times more likely to have suicidal thoughts compared to those who identified as heterosexual, that 6% of young people had experienced self-harm and a further 25% had felt lonely in the last month.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"The results of this survey show just how much young people need the support of their loved ones and their community. I am proud of the many services that Carshalton and Wallington already has in place to assist children and promote their wellbeing, and these findings will help direct more effectively services to the areas in which young people struggle the most."
The report also advised that two fifths of students said that they had sleep problems, and analysis showed that there was a direct correlation between improved wellbeing and the amount of sleep young people were able to get. There was also an apparent decline in wellbeing with age, between the ages of 12 and 18, with 53% experiencing exam pressure.
During Children’s Mental Health Week, Tom showed his support for Action for Children and their Build Sound Minds Campaign to promote emotional wellbeing and mental health conversations between children and their parents and advisors.
The findings from Healthwatch Sutton can help to drive programmes such as this in the right direction and give insight as to what forms of assistance can best help the young people of Carshalton and Wallington to live strong, confident and happy lives.
"It is clearly pertinent that we provide enough services in our area to support young people on a wide range of issues, and I will continue to support many organisations that are helping already, as well as promote the implementation of even more mental health programmes both in and out of schools.
"Mental health is so important, and knowing the issues that children face is only part of the solution. This new knowledge can help us to promote even greater wellbeing in Carshalton and Wallington."