Youth Council attend House of Commons Mental Health Debate
On Tuesday 26 April, 3 Youth Council Members travelled to London to attend the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Debate on Mental Health Issue for young people.
This was a first time experience for the Members as they had never been to the House of Commons before and never taken part in a debate at this level.
Nigam Puskar aged 14 years of Sandhurst School said
“The sheer experience of walking in the house of parliament was something I will never forget.”
Mitchell Phillips-White aged 16 of Garth Hill College said
“I can honestly say that this was the greatest experience of my life. My anticipation for the event had been building since I heard about it and was greatly fulfilled by the sheer privilege of walking through the Houses of Parliament”
The debate took place in one of the historic meeting rooms above the chamber and consisted of young people from across the country.
Michael Makarchuk aged 16 years from Ranelagh School said
“I learnt a lot of new things about Mental Health, statistics about the people affected by mental health problems and the issues that affect the services helping young people deal with these problems. It was a really great experience to see how metal health affects young people all over the country and it was great to get advice and feedback from the panel which consisted of MP's and 'professionals'. “
“I’ve learnt a basic understanding of how functions similar to the mental health debate work and how a large majority of the decisions made in fields such as mental health can stem from events such as these.”
“I have been with the youth council for 3 years and work that I have done whilst being a member has helped me to develop the skills needed to talk in front of a group of people I do not know and take important notes so that I can share information I have learnt with my peers.. This event was not only very eye opening to the world of politics but gave me great knowledge about mental health. “
The Members that attended would recommend anyone that gets the opportunity to take part in an event like this to do so.