We Can Talk until 2027 impact report: evidence

Here you will find links to the external statistics and reports referred to throughout the We Can Talk until 2027 impact report. They are listed along with page number, relevant section of the report and the passage in which they are referenced. 

Page 1: Challenges for young people

  • Young people consistently report challenges when accessing hospitals due to their mental health, including feeling dismissed, stigmatised, and disrespected by healthcare professionals during these critical moments (Barts Health NHS Trust, 2017; Care Quality Commission, 2015)
  • Studies between 2000 and 2016 reveal that those experiencing mental health crises have reported a “horrendous” experience when seeking help at hospitals, leading to reluctance to disclose their condition and seek help in the future (Qualitative Health Research, 2019).
  • These negative experiences create significant missed opportunities for engagement and possible suicide prevention  (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2016).
  • Research emphasises the importance of proper communication, empathy, and understanding from healthcare professionals when dealing with young patients experiencing mental health crises (Royal College of Emergency Medicine, 2017)

Page 9: Challenges for staff

Page 10: Challenges in the system

  • The more mental health services struggle to meet demand, the more young people’s mental health deteriorates and reaches crisis point (Care Quality Commission, 2022).
  • “A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical one. You will not be  wasting anyone’s time.” NHS website advice on going to A&E
  • “Long waits for people with mental health needs in A&E are increasing, and people with mental health needs often report poor experiences relating to long waits.” (NHS England, 2023)

Page 11: Challenges in the system

Page 38: Back cover