Mental Health – What are the challenges to Hastings?

Mental health and well being issues are not unique to Hastings, and are faced universally around the United Kingdom. Responses to them have a significant impact on young people’s trajectory in life:

  • Nearly half (45%) of young people with mental health problems leave full time education by the age of 15.
  • Mental health problems that go untreated not only cause distress, but can be associated with significant problems in other aspects of life and affect future life chances.
  • Young people with mental health problems are at greater risk of physical health problems.

In our development phase, we worked with a diverse group of young people from Hastings Youth Council to run a survey amongst 286 young people about issues affecting them:

  • 82% of young people ranked mental health as their biggest concern
  • 100% of young people suggested a mental health campaign to raise awareness should be in the top three campaigns the Youth Council undertake this year.
  • 61% of young people know someone who has mental health problems
  • 89% of young people felt mental health provision is poor in Hastings

As such, the priorities in Hastings are to ensure that existing services are extended and made accessible to all children, young people and parents, with services within schools themselves also improved.

To do this we will:

  • Support Hastings schools develop and embed whole school approaches to promoting children and young people’s mental health.
  • Support schools to carry out a self-review of their mental health provision – schools in receipt of funding to free up staff time to enable them to carry out this work.
  • Provide bespoke support for those schools who were not able to attend/or were not aware of seminars to support the self-review process