Youngminds, a UK charity that works to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, has reported that two thirds of local authorities have cut their budgets for CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) since 2010. As a result of a Freedom of Information the charity found that 34 local authorities out of the 51 who responded said their budgets for (CAMHS) had been cut between 2010 and 2013. One council even reported a huge 76 per cent reduction in its CAMHS budget since 2010.
With nearly 850,000 children (between 5 and 16 years) suffering from a mental health problem, this makes for worrying reading. As the chief executive of YoungMinds is reported to have said “early intervention is vital in order to identify problems quickly before they worsen”. She also added that “intervening early also reduces the need for more expensive forms of treatment when problems become more serious and entrenched”.
I totally agree with her. Unfortunately I can’t see how the service can continue to provide good quality support when having their budgets cut like this. I’ve already experienced how frustrating it can be trying to get help from CAMHS so I dread to think how much worse it could get if hit by budget cuts.
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