The campaign to protect CAMHS continues

Chris Leaman
10 Feb 2012

As part of our continuing campaign to protect children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) YoungMinds has written to all council leaders in England urging them to protect CAMHS budgets.

Last year’s survey by YoungMinds revealed that the biggest cuts were in local authorities, with some slashing up to 25% from their budgets. A quarter of those who responded said funding would remain the same but some added they would be forced to abandon plans to develop and improve services. Another 20% also said they would lose posts.

As our Chief Executive Sarah Brennan pointed out this week on the Huffington Post, we face a mental health crisis if local authorities don’t start investing in early intervention.

Our cuts survey last year highlighted the bleak picture of CAMHS cuts across the country and the impact that they would have on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

While the overall impact of cuts on CAMHS has been pretty devastating there are some very positive examples where local authorities have realised the importance of investing in early intervention.

The responses from both Doncaster and Suffolk Councils show that there are local authorities out there who are making sensible decisions on CAMHS budgets.

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  • Anonymous commenter
    about 5 years ago

    My daughter is suffering from separation anxiety disorder following two family bereavements. My GP tells me CAMHS will not see her as she is only 7 years old. She won't go to school or even to the supermarket for fear of leaving her "safe place". Who do I turn to?

  • Hannah Wright
    about 5 years ago

    So sorry to hear about your family bereavements, and the difficulties your daughter is facing as a result. Please do call our Parents' Helpline for advice - it's totally free from mobiles and landlines on 0808 802 5544, Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm.

    Our trained advisors will be able to advise on practical steps you can take to get help and relevant local or national services. They may also suggest a callback from one of our mental health specialists that can advise you on your child's behaviour and how you can help - this is also totally free.

    You can also email or chat online - more details here:

    Please don't feel alone, we're here to help.

  • Virginia
    about 5 years ago

    Cruse Bereavement Care have specially trained volunteers who work with children and young people. Look for your local branch on their website They also have a website for children called Rd4U.

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