CAMHS spending cut by £35m in a single year: YoungMinds

Widespread cuts in the last year from children and young people's mental health services has been unveiled following a Freedom of Information request from charity YoungMinds.

The analysis released yesterday showed an overall cut of £35million in spending on CAMHS across 165 Clinical Commissioning Groups, 97 local authorities and 37 mental health trusts.

The research following the FOI response revealed:

  • 75 per cent of mental health trusts have frozen or cut their budgets between 2013/14 and 2014/15
  • 67 per cent of CCGs have frozen or cut their budgets between 2103/14 and 2014/15
  • 65 per cent of local authorities have frozen or cut their budgets between 2013/14 and 2014/15
  • More than 1 in 5 local authorities have either frozen or cut their CAMHS budgets every year since 2010

Sarah Brennan, chief executive of YoungMinds, said: "Our research once again shows a disturbing picture of disinvestment at a local level in children and young people's mental health servcies. 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.

"This disinvestment has to stop. We have a clear agenda set out by the Department of Health and NHS England in the recent report of the Children's Mental Health Taskforce to transform Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Local health bodies need to seize this opportunity so that the thousands of children and their families desperately struggling get the help they need and deserve."