Young People's Mental Health
This year the Youth Select Committee embarked on an inquiry focusing on the topic of Mental Health, identified as a priority and voted for by the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons in November 2014.
The Youth Select Committee is a British Youth Council (BYC) initiative and is supported by the House of Commons. It mirrors the UK Parliament Select Committee structure and gives young people the chance to scrutinise issues and hold inquiries on public matters they find important.
The committee is made up of 11 young people aged 13-18 and includes both elected and reserved seats to ensure a broad representation of interests from all parts of the UK.
The Youth Select Committee receives induction training and mentoring from parliamentary Clerks and British Youth Council staff.
- What more could be done to prevent stigma and discrimination towards young people with mental health issues, particularly when they prevent young people from seeking support?
- Do young people feel informed about the services available to them? If not, what more could be done to raise awareness?
- Could more use be made of social media or mobile applications? If so, how?
- What is the impact of websites which promote self-harm and other online material? Should something be done about these sites? If so, what?
- Is education on mental health in schools sufficient? What could be done to improve it? Should it be a compulsory part of the National Curriculum? If so, at what age should it be introduced? Could more be made of education around peer support?
- What is the impact of mental health issues on young people’s education?
- Do teachers, parents/carers and others working with young people receive sufficient training and support? If not, what more could be offered?
- How accessible is published literature and online information about mental health? Could it be made more "youth friendly"?
- What is the current state of services and treatments available (e.g. through CAMHS)?
- Is the current funding for mental health services being targeted at the right areas?
- Are changes needed to the provision of mental health services? Are they accessible and appropriate for young people? If not, what could be done to improve them?
- Could more be done to promote the sharing of best practice between services? Is the process for transition between children and adult services effective? If not, what could be done differently?
- What experiences have young people had in using mental health services?
- How does mental health provision compare with the services available for physical health?