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The Youth Select Committee is a British Youth Council initiative where the eleven committee members, aged 13-18, mirror the UK Parliament Select Committee. It will consist of two Members of the UK Youth Parliament (MYPs), two youth councillors, a Young Mayor, one elected representative from each of the devolved nations and three reserved seats.
Last year, the inquiry delved into young people and the issue of mental health. TheYouth Select Committee inquiry highlighted issues of mental health services for young people being critically underfunded as well as resolving the stigma associated with mental health problems. The report, published in November 2015, saw the Committee offering recommendations in three vital areas: funding and the state of services, a role for education and awareness and stigma and digital culture. The Government’s response to the inquiry stated that mental health and wellbeing were a ‘top priority in the Department for Education and Department of Health’ and that they would take on board a number of the committee’s recommendations.