‘There are some issues that can’t be fixed by medicine alone’
51% of people who completed the questionnaire said they would be ‘very likely’ or ‘quite likely to join a club, group or activity that could help with particular problems such as feeling lonely or stressed out by school, college, work, money or housing. 42% of those already taking part felt that the club, group or activity helped with problems like these. The top five reasons given by this group for not going or stopping going in the future were:
- lack of time
- difficulties with meeting people for the first time
- lack of interest
When we asked people not currently taking part in any kind of group or activity the same question the response was similar. Although not the first answer given, the issue of not wanting to go to a group on their own and shyness were reasons given by both groups.
50% of people not already involved in an organised activity said they would be ‘very likely’ or ‘quite likely’ to consider being part of an activity to help other people.
People we spoke to in the focus groups placed great importance on the Social Prescriber and people offering 1:1 support or running groups. They wanted to speak to someone who was friendly, took them seriously and related well to young people. Several people mentioned that they would like the person to have had similar experiences to them and act as a mentor.