Exploring Young People’s Experiences of Mental Health Services in Schools in South Wales
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Prior to the 21st century mental health services in schools were very few to none, however due to the development of awareness of mental health issues in young people, the demand for programs in schools to target this issue is greater (Stewart- Brown. & Wells 2003). Schools have been identified as one of the primary settings in providing this action towards combatting mental health issues in young people (Stewart- Brown & Wells, 2003). However, existing literature has demonstrated the challenges that young people face when seeking help and also that there are frequently young people experiencing mental health issues who do not seek help (Gulliver, Griffiths, Christensen, 2010). On the other hand, there has been literature findings to suggest the positive experiences of young people seeking help for their mental health issues. The aim of this qualitative research is to explore young people’s experiences of mental health services in schools in South Wales. Specifically how the young people felt about the services in regards to what they felt was beneficial or challenging. For the purpose of this research, semi structured interviews were used to explore the experiences four participants who have experience of mental health services in schools. In order to analyse the data, Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used, as this form of analysis is a bottom up approach it assists in exploring participants meaning of their experiences (IPA, 2005). The results of this investigation identified four salient themes that summarised their experiences of using mental health services. Further findings from this investigation and previous literature have demonstrated that young people’s experiences of mental health services in schools encounter a variety of challenging and positive aspects.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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