Child and young people’s mental health services


YoungMinds has published research which shows that vital services for children and young people suffering from mental health problems are being cut across the country. The survey of health trusts and councils found that more than half have cut their budgets for children and young people’s mental health services for 2011/2012.

A Freedom of Information request sent to 120 service providers and commissioners generated 55 responses, of which 29 said they would reduce spend in this area. The biggest reductions are in councils, with some reporting cuts of up to 25%, leaving essential early intervention services at risk. “YoungMinds is concerned that thousands of children and young people struggling to cope with mental distress may not get the help they need because of swingeing cuts.”

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