British Youth Council’s recommendations for young people’s mental health

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The Youth Select Committee, part of the British Youth Council, have put forward recommendations for young people’s mental health in a report launched in Parliament on Tuesday night.

The report, which was compiled after taking evidence from young people, mental health charities including YoungMinds and medical practitioners, provides recommendations on how to improve the mental health of children and young people in the UK.

The report focuses on three key areas:

Funding and the state of services
The role of education
Awareness, stigma and digital culture

For each area of the report the Committee outlines the current situation and evidence given followed by their recommendations. The recommendations are:

FUNDING AND STATE OF SERVICES

Lead commissioners for mental health should be appointed in local areas.
Local authorities to ring fence funding for young people’s mental health.
Government to give additional funding for transitional services.
Compulsory training for GPs in young people’s mental health.

THE ROLE OF EDUCATION

Government to make mental education statutory for all pupils from the age of five.
Mandatory minimum training for teachers on mental health.
Counselling services to be made available to all secondary school pupils.
Schools to implement strategies to help students deal with exam stress.

AWARENESS, STIGMA AND DIGITAL CULTURE

Government to facilitate a roundtable for charities, technology companies and young people to work together and find a creative solution to help keep young people safe online.
Introduction of an endorsement system for online resources as suggested by Future in Mind.
Young people to work with NHS to develop a trusted mental health app.
Set up a consultation group of young people to contribute to the Government’s anti-stigma campaign for mental health.

JOINT RESPONSE

The Minister of State for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt MP and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education, Sam Gyimah MP attended the launch. Both congratulated the young people on their passion and professionalism during the inquiry and in the production of this report. Alistair Burt MP said it was clear from this report that young people need to be involved in the development of services. The two MPs have agreed to follow up the report with a joint response.

INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT REPORT

Speaking of the report, Lucie Russell, Director of Campaigns and Media at YoungMinds said:

"YoungMinds welcomes this incredibly important report. We are very proud to have been a part of the creation of this report by offering evidence at the Youth Select Committee enquiry this year.

Young people’s voices are crucial to influencing the services young people use and the treatment and care they receive. It is vital that young people’s views are heard and placed at the centre of decision-making in this area. We hope that the government, healthcare professionals and teachers will all act on these findings.” 

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