The campaign to protect CAMHS continues
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.