HEALTH AND WELLBEING2020-12-11T12:11:32+00:00



Diversity in the NHS

Diversity in the NHS The coronavirus pandemic has exposed our health inequalities - but what can the NHS do to work with communities and young people? #iwill Ambassador Gabrielle Mathews has seen all sides of the NHS. She has been a long-term patient, a medical student, a Youth Forum Member, a volunteer, and now sits on the NHS Assembly. In this challenging blog, she reflects on why community and youth engagement is so important, and considers how engagement can be most successful. Read More

Government must engage us on health

In this crisis, government must engage with young people about our health Harry, age 19  I am not representative of all young people. Often, we hear the category of ‘young people’ used to describe all 19,760,000 people under the age of twenty-five who are currently living in the UK. I want to challenge that idea. If there’s one thing that you take away from this post, let it be these next few words: young people are not all the same. We each have our own needs, and as a result we need different types of support. So, why am I telling you this? Well, while I may be able to largely manage my anxieties and fears, the reality for many young people is that they cannot. Between March 20th (when schools closed) and March 25th (when restrictions were tightened), Young Minds found that 83% of young people said their mental health had worsened as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. While this may be in part down to the loss of routine and lack of face-to-face contact, a lack of clear, public health messaging aimed at children and young people must be considered as a contributing factor too.  Read More

Categories: Be Heard, Coronavirus Views, Health and Wellbeing|

Making the coronavirus guidance youth-friendly

Making the GOV.UK guidance youth friendly Living through a global pandemic is something new for all of us, and it’s equally as scary too. It’s important we all have resources we can turn to, helping us to cope and change our lives accordingly within this period. But the general guidance written isn’t always suitable for young people. Sometimes the language can be difficult to understand, like the use of new jargon words, or it might not mention things that are important to us as young people.  That’s why PHE brought together a group of eight youth representatives (including  us), who have extensive personal experiences of the health system in the UK, to shape new guidance which is easier for young people living through the coronavirus pandemic to understand.  Read More

Categories: Be Heard, Coronavirus Views, Health and Wellbeing|

Sexual Health Week: Getting the information we need

Sexual Health Week 2020: Getting the information we need Sexual health week is run by #iwill partner Brook, the UK's leading sexual health and wellbeing charity for young people. This week is focused on "Get your RSE in gear!", all about making sure young people are getting the quality sexual health and relationships education they need. In our feature for #SHW20, we share reflections from #iwill Ambassador Joana on current RSE provision, as well as the latest updates to the government's social distancing guidance for young people in England.  Why are young people, particularly girls and young women, still so let down by sex ed? "Sexual health is a taboo subject. In schools, we are taught the barebones of reproduction, sexual health and menstruation. In my experience, boys and men are still incredibly uncomfortable at any mention of the word ‘period’, and I would be lying if I hadn’t had conversations with a number of women explaining to them that condoms are to prevent STDs as much as they are for contraception. In failing to teach young adults - most of whom inevitably will at some point get tangled up in the world of sexual relationships (whether that be discovering they do or don’t enjoy them) - we are relying on them to magically teach themselves this essential knowledge, and then blaming them when things go wrong. This is much like the conversation we have seen around coronavirus, where young people are [...]

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