The Government’s Green Paper on mental health: failing a generation Contents

Annex: Informal discussion forum with young people

The following is a summary of a discussion forum between young people and school staff from George Green’s School, young people from Golden Iris Productions in Totnes accompanied by the Totnes Community Development Society, and members of both the Education and Health Select Committees. The forum was facilitated and attended by Place2Be and took place in the Boothroyd Room of Portcullis House on 29th January 2018.

The discussion forum heard perspectives on mental health and well-being in schools from young people and teachers, to facilitate the inquiry and the subsequent oral evidence sessions.

Education Committee members present: Robert Halfon (Chair), Emma Hardy, Trudy Harrison, Lucy Powell and Thelma Walker.

Health Committee members present: Sarah Wollaston (Chair), Luciana Berger, Johnny Mercer, Andrew Selous and Dr Paul Williams.

The guests were welcomed by the Chairs of the Committees. Committee members circulated and talked to young people, school staff, and Place2Be representatives in five different discussion clusters. Discussion was prompted by the following topics:

Following discussion in clusters, the Chair of the Health Committee led a call for feedback from all groups, before closing the forum.

Attendees included:

Published: 9 May 2018