Young People FAQs

 We want you to feel confident and positive about participating in #BeeWell, so if you have any questions, have a look through our FAQs. If you’re still unsure about anything, talk to your teacher or another trusted adult. 


What is #BeeWell?

#BeeWell is here to ensure young people’s wellbeing becomes a priority, bringing people and organisations together to deliver meaningful youth-centred action that improves lives. We run an annual wellbeing survey of secondary school pupils in Greater Manchester and Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Everything we do is guided by our core principles. We:

  • Listen to young people’s voices
  • Act together for change
  • Celebrate young people’s wellbeing

Learn more about #BeeWell 

Who is involved in running #BeeWell?

#BeeWell is a collaboration between The University of Manchester, Anna Freud, the respective Local Authority for the region* and is supported by the Gregson Family Foundation. We work collaboratively with young people to shape the survey and inform our activities, including an active Youth Steering Group.

We also work with a growing number of cross-sector coalition partners, supporting them to deliver meaningful interventions in response to issues identified by young people themselves.

* Greater Manchester – Greater Manchester Combined Authority

*HIPS – Hampshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council


How many young people are taking part?

We invite all secondary schools in each of our regions to take part in the #BeeWell survey.  In our first two years, more than 60,000 young people from 187 schools across Greater Manchester took part, and we hope to match this success in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton in 2023.

How have young people shaped #BeeWell?

Young people play a fundamental role in every aspect of #BeeWell. Young people helped develop the survey, shaped the visual identity and designed the logo, and our enthusiastic Youth Steering Group drives every element of our work across Greater Manchester, with another soon to be established in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Young people also play a key part in our response to survey findings, give direct feedback to decision makers and influence funding decisions relating to their wellbeing.

What is the #BeeWell Youth Steering Group?

#BeeWell in Greater Manchester is supported by a fantastic Youth Steering Group, bringing together young people every month to shape the #BeeWell programme. A similar group for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton is in the process of being set up.

For more information, click here.

Completing the survey

Why am I being asked to complete this survey?

Only young people themselves know how we can help. Your answers will help our research team, and your school, learn more about young people’s mental health and wellbeing, and what influences it. This will give us a better idea of what might help improve things so we can start taking meaningful action that will make a difference to you.

How do I complete the survey?

Young people complete the survey online in your school. For more information, click here.

What does the #BeeWell survey measure?

The survey measures drivers and domains of wellbeing:

Sevon drivers:

  • Health and Routines
  • Hobbies and Entertainment
  • Relationships
  • School
  • Environment and Society
  • Future
  • Wellbeing Support

Three Domains:

  • Meaning, Purpose and Control
  • Understanding Yourself
  • Emotions
Who will see the answers I give?

The survey is anonymous. This means no one – not even your school or your parents – will know what individual answers you gave. Your answers only go to the research team. They then put all young people’s answers together so that they can learn about how the young people who responded are feeling as a whole. Although the research team may share the project file with others (e.g. other researchers or local authorities), it will not contain your name or any information that could identify you.

No one in your school will see your answers, so if you need to talk to someone about your feelings, you should speak to a teacher or another adult you trust in school

Is the project just for young people with problems or for everyone?

This project is for all young people. We all need to look after our mental health and wellbeing, just like we need to look after our physical health.

Will the survey affect us?

The survey will help our researchers and your school learn about how to improve support for young people’s mental health and wellbeing, so we can start making changes that will really help. It could also change the way decisions are made at your school, and get students involved in new and different ways.

Some of the questions are very similar – is that a trick?

Some questions may sound very similar, but it’s not a trick. Different questions might ask the same thing in different ways. That’s just to make sure we really understand all aspects of how you’re feeling.

Is this a test?

No, this definitely isn’t a test. There are no right or wrong answers. The questions in the survey are just about your thoughts and feelings and are designed to help us come up with ways to help you.

Do I have to answer every question?

If you don’t want to answer a question, that’s ok. It’s your choice which questions you answer. If you don’t want to answer a question, just leave it blank and move onto the next one.

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