Government Announce New Funding For Mental Health Services
We welcome the Government's announcements about mental health crisis care, but want to see a substantial increase to overall CAMHS funding as well.
It has been announced in the Government’s autumn budget that there will be new funding for mental health crisis support.
We welcome this new funding, having campaigned for these changes and believe they could lead to substantial improvements in support for many young people.
However, with only one in three young people with diagnosable mental health conditions currently able to access NHS treatment, we also need a guarantee that there will be a substantial increase to overall spending on CAMHS.
Our Chief Executive, Emma Thomas, says:
“Right now, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are overstretched and underfunded, which can lead to long waiting-times and such high thresholds for treatment that even young people who are self-harming or suicidal can’t always get the right support. That’s why we welcome today’s announcement of the government’s plans to increase NHS mental health funding, which represent clear improvements in early intervention in schools and crisis care."
"However, with only one in three young people with diagnosable mental health conditions currently able to access NHS treatment, we also need a guarantee that there will be a substantial increase to overall spending on CAMHS. And we need action to tackle the black hole in support available through youth and community groups.
The plans to roll out Mental Health Support Teams in schools across the country are very welcome, and could help thousands of children with emerging issues to get early support. But we also need to see a more fundamental rebalancing of the education system, so that wellbeing is as much of a priority for schools as exam results – something that must be reflected in the new Ofsted inspection framework next year."
"The most positive aspects of what has been announced today are the new initiatives on mental health crisis care. We often hear from young people who’ve gone to A&E because they don’t know where else to turn - and it can be a crowded and stressful environment and not the most appropriate place for young people going through a crisis. Better support in the community, a crisis hotline through NHS111 and 24/7 psychiatric liaison in A&E departments could make a huge difference to young people who urgently need help. While we need to see more details, we are delighted that the government and the NHS have listened to what we have been campaigning for.”
Even with this welcome investment, more money is needed for CAMHS and community youth services. We’re #FightingFor this to be a key priority in the NHS long term plan next month.
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