Young people’s mental health budgets cut my millions
- 28 Jul
It has been revealed that mental health services for young people have been cut by £35m in the last year.
The mental health charity for young people, YoungMinds, has said that in the last five years £85m has been cut from budgets for mental health trusts and local authorities, reports ITV News.
The charity sent Freedom of Information requests to 165 clinical commissioning groups, 97 local authorities and 37 mental health trusts – all of whom are responsible for providing mental health care in England.
Sarah Brennan, YoungMinds chief executive has said: “This disinvestment has to stop. For children, young people, parents and professionals it is tremendously frustrating that for all the action at a national level, on the ground, where help is delivered, services are under enormous pressure.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health has said: “We are putting right years of underinvestment in mental health services and funding for mental health has increased by £300m to £11.7bn this year. In March we also announced £1.25bn over five years to improve children and young people’s mental health services. We have made clear that each local area must increase spending on mental health services.”
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