To help us have a better understanding of the views of local residents, we have created the Surrey Heartlands ‘Online Residents’ Panel’ – a group of over 1,300 residents who we can check-in with on a variety of health and care topics.

The results from our first mental health survey of the panel are now available here.

This survey was commissioned by the Surrey Heartlands Clinical Lead and Programme Manager for Mental Health.  Its purpose was to gather the views of Surrey residents on mental health, including:

  • Their attitudes towards mental illness;
  • Ways they choose to describe it;
  • Their experiences of friends, family or colleagues who may have had mental health problems;
  • Their views on behaviours that can promote mental health and wellbeing, and;
  • Their own recent mental health.

The survey was completed by 654 Surrey residents aged 16 and over, most of whom live in the Surrey Heartlands area of the county.  Those participating in the Online Residents’ Panel have agreed to help Surrey County Council and the NHS design the future of local public services in the county by participating in regular surveys like this one, each on a different topic.

All 1,325 panel members were invited to take part and 654 (49%) responded.  The results will help to inform the continuing work of the mental health workstream and our existing engagement.