Cross party student mental health task group to be created
At today's full council, members agreed to create a task group to help tackle and monitor local students' mental health.
A motion proposed by Cllr Joe Harris, (Liberal Democrat spokesperson for children and young people) requested that the county council:
"...resolves to create a cross-party students mental health task group that will invite evidence from school sixth forms, further education colleagues, local universities, the Gloucestershire Suicide Prevention Partnership Forum (GSSPF) and providers of mental health services in order for a comprehensive report with recommendations to be presented back at Full Council in February 2017."
Cllr Joe Harris, (Lib Dem, Cirencester Park), said: "It's great to see that mental health has shot up the agenda in recent years, much more still needs to be done in our schools, colleges and universities to properly address mental illnesses amongst students.
"I'm proud that as a Council we take mental health so seriously and I hope the motion that we've passed today will be the first step in finding a solution to the student mental health crisis."
Cllr Andrew Gravells (Con, Abbey), cabinet member for public health, said: "One in four people in this country will suffer mental health problems.
"It is great that there is cross party consensus, both in Gloucestershire and Westminster on this. We need to build on that, so we can make a real change in society, make sure the right services are in place, and make sure people have the confidence to seek help when they need it."
Cllr Brian Oosthuysen (Lab, Rodborough), Labour group spokesperson for public health, said: "I think this is a fantastic and much needed motion.
"Mental health issues in young people is a growing concern and I happy to lend my support to this."