Project aims to boost health of Hartlepool’s young people

Coun Alan Clark.
Coun Alan Clark.

An innovative research project is being pioneered in Hartlepool to help shape better health and social care services for young people.

The initiative is teaming up young people from across the town with artists and university academics to find out what other young people think about the kind of support they receive from mental health and social services.

As part of the project, three local artists have teamed up with a group of 20 Hartlepool youngsters to express their views through art.

Nationally one in ten young people have a mental health problem. The findings will then be used to help deliver improved services which better meet the needs of the young people accessing them.

Known as ‘Young Futures’, the project is a partnership between Hartlepool Borough Council, York University and Healthwatch Hartlepool.

Coun Alan Clark, chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Children’s Services Committee, said: “Young people can understandably be uncomfortable when discussing their experiences with mental health and social care services.

“But as a council, we want to be able to provide the best services we can that closely match the expectations of those that access them.

“A project like this is purposely different, but is really helping those that deliver health and social care services to understand what young people want from them.”

The works and the research findings will be presented to the council later in the year.

Young people can express their views by visiting: https://york.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bNP8q4ZcOk048iV