Who are we?
We are a small community of young volunteers who live, work or study in Westminster. We share a hunger for the voices of young people to be heard in the design and delivery of the health services we use.
We think it’s crucial that all young people know about their rights, are aware of all the services that are out there and how to access them.
Read our statement on Black Lives Matter
Our role is to influence better health and wellbeing and improve local services. We report our findings to decision makers to help to affect positive change to services.
Although, as with everybody, our work has had to adjust to the reality of the coronavirus outbreak, our focus on providing young people in Westminster and beyond with the support they need to address their mental health needs has not changed one bit.
- We have published a mental health survey to capture how young people think about their mental health, what causes them stress, their knowledge of local and national support, and of course, the impact of COVID-19 on their wellbeing. We are using the responses to help us map where young people need more information and support. Please help us by sharing the survey as widely as possible. View our promotional video on YouTube here.
- Our aim is to ensure that young people’s voices are heard in mental health provision planning and delivery generally, but also as part of the recovery from COVID-19.
We have just reached the milestone of 180 completed surveys!
View our initial survey findings (Updated: 18.06.20)
- We have shared initial survey findings with decision makers at local Councils, NHS across the North West London footprint, Public Health England and various community partners.
- Our survey findings that young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 were submitted to a London-wide crisis response meeting
- We have started a COVID-19 blog series to offer advice and guidance from young people, to young people,
- We have produced some bitesize infographics like this one
- We went on CNWL’s One Community Radio show to share our work with residents, service users, NHS staff and community organisations and to learn about the inspiring work that is being done in our community. Catch up here.
- We are in the planning stages with various local community and NHS partners to continue to find ways to reach young people and capture their concerns, their questions and their ideas in order for services to meet their mental health needs.
Urgent mental health support
- Westminster CAMHS is a service to help children and young people aged 0-18 if they’re finding it hard to cope with family life, school or the wider world.
- If you are a child or young person (0-18) in mental health crisis or parent or carer in crisis related to your child or young person’s mental health, please contact Westminster CAMHS, or view the list of local borough CAMHS teams, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Therapy can include playing, drawing and quizzes as well as talking with the child, or young person and their family.
- If you need emergency help outside of these times (including weekends and public holidays), please attend your local Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) who can provide you with support or best direct you, or call 999. For example, by referring you to our CAMHS Mental Health Emergency Assessment Service for young people who live in Westminster, Brent Harrow, Hillingdon and Kensington and Chelsea.
- Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing service. They are running a 5 steps to wellbeing campaign for mental health awareness week (18th-23rd May). They have also published this data release to highlight he impact of COVID-19 on young people’s mental health
- Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service have some fantastic resources on how to cope during COVID-19 if you’ve experienced trauma, including videos on practicing mindfulness, as well as tips on looking after yourself to mark the 3rd anniversary of the disaster.
- Young Minds have produced this comprehensive guide on their blog and tips on looking after your mental health while self-isolating
- Mental health charity, Mind, has compiled this support page
- Drug and alcohol support service, Insight, is still talking with young people, providing support, help, advice and accepting referrals – contact them now
- If you are worried about abuse in the home, you are not alone – there is help available. Westminster City Council have produced this guidance (with phone numbers) and the Angelou Support Service can offer help and support if you are aged 13 or over
- Young people can still access Westminster CAMHS services via video calls and telephone sessions, a service representative has confirmed
- Emergency mental health assessment provision extended for young people in Westminster – read more here
- CNWL, who provide mental health services in London, have launched a new website for their Talking Therapies service. Here you can self-refer for free and confidential therapy for anxiety and depression, access a crisis line for urgent help and find useful FAQs and resources
Would you like to work with us?
If you are professional interested in working with Young Healthwatch Westminster, please email Alex on email@example.com or call on 020 8968 7049.
We work with organisations who are active in improving local health, and we’re always reaching out to new people in our commitment to this.
Would you like to volunteer with us?
If you are aged between 14 and 25 and live, work or study in Westminster, you can apply by completing the application form in the Supporting Documents section at the bottom of this page. Once completed, please send it to Alex on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, please email Alex on or call us on 020 8968 7049. You can also follow us and keep an eye out for updates and news on upcoming events on our Instagram page – @yhwwestminster
Who have we worked with?
We have worked with an abundance of organisations including Insight, St Andrew’s Youth Club and many, many more including….