How do you help yourself and others to keep emotionally well?

Healthwatch Doncaster planned engagement events at Pride and the Recovery Games to gather extended narratives to establish more views on mental health issues


In 2019 Healthwatch Doncaster completed an engagement project in relation to the NHS Long Term Plan which contained a section focussing on mental health and local people were involved to gain their feedback on the priorities.

Further anecdotal feedback in other engagement events highlighted the difficulties for specific groups whose voices are seldom heard with regard to health support and all this information led to this project.


  • GP mental health signposting is reviewed across the Doncaster place and, where it is required, GPs receive training to improve their abilities to refer and signpost effectively.
  • Ensure that the continued work towards holistic working is maintained as a priority so that the patients are able to receive the best care for them.
  • Doncaster Council assess how they are currently engaging with carers and see if there is a cohort of carers they could be missing when providing education and support.
  • NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group promptly look into how they will provide Gender Identity Services for children and teenagers in Doncaster.
  • Organisations listed in ‘The experiences of services within Doncaster’ section, review and apply any learning from feedback provided by the respondents.


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