We take a proactive approach to understanding the needs of young Islanders.
The Isle of Wight Youth Trust has been seeking the views and experiences of children and young people between the ages of 5 and 25 across the Island for many years.
In 2017 we undertook our first Island Youth Mental Health Census as part of our commitment to providing high-quality mental health and wellbeing support to children and young people in the local community. The Census takes place bi-annually and gathers information on the experiences of young Islanders, including relationships, social media, wellbeing, coping mechanisms, and engagement with services.
2021 Island Youth Mental Health Census
In 2021, the independent charity undertook it’s third Island Youth Mental Health Census. A total of 2,241 responses were received from children and young people aged 7 to 25 from across the Island, taking the total number of survey responses received by the Trust in the past 3 years to over 9,000.
With the findings from this Census, along with those from the 2019 Census, and two COVID touch point surveys undertaken in 2020 and early 2021, it is now possible to track the significant impact the pandemic has had on the mental health and wellbeing of young people on the Island.
Understanding the impact of COVID-19
In the face of COVID-19 we conducted a pulse-check survey in the Summer of 2020, to try and understand the key impact the pandemic was having on our young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. We repeated our Candid Covid Survey in February 2021 to track changes to young people’s mental health across time.