On Thursday 25 February the Government released its response to the Youth Select Committee’s report into Young People’s Mental Health. The joint response comes from the Department for Education and the Department for Health.
Alistair Burt MP, Minister for Community and Social Care, and Sam Gyimah MP, Minister for Childcare and Education, praised the Committee for a “well-informed and thoughtful report”, highlighting the Youth Select Committee’s “professionalism, passion and ability to ask the right questions”.
The response follows the Youth Select Committee’s 2015 inquiry into Young People’s Mental Health, which concluded that mental health services for young people are critically underfunded. The report offered recommendations across three key areas: funding and the state of services, a role for education and awareness, stigma and digital culture.
The Youth Select Committee
The Youth Select Committee has eleven committee members aged 14-18, and includes Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs), youth councillors, a young mayor and one elected representative from each of the devolved nations. It is a British Youth Council initiative, supported by the House of Commons.
Young People’s Mental Health’ was chosen as the priority campaign of the UK Youth Parliament at its annual House of Commons debate in November 2014, and the topic was chosen again as a priority in this year's debate on 13 November.
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