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NHS is leaving children at risk

The NHS Funding shortfalls for children’s mental health services are putting children’s lives at risk.

New figures have shown that almost one fifth of parents who sought treatment for their child’s mental health were refused it by the NHS, leaving around 75% of children with mental health problems receiving no help at all.

New figures have shown that two thirds of parents who accessed the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) on the NHS, felt let down by the services and treatment their child received. The figures were obtained by Sky News who reported that one parent was told to wait a week for NHS treatment, although their nine-year-old child had attempted suicide.

The number of children developing mental health issues is increasing rapidly, Wales alone has witnessed a 100% increase in demand between 2010 and 2014. Hospitalisations from self-harm have doubled in the past three years, as well as eating disorders showing a significant increase.

According to YoungMinds, three children in every classroom have a diagnosed mental illness, and one in ten will develop an eating disorder before their 25th birthday. In some parts of the country the rates for depression, anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders are up by 600%.

CAMHS has admitted struggling with the dramatic increase in demand, due to referral rates increasing five times faster than the workforce between 2013-14 and 2014-15.

In the 1960s, the average age for developing depression was 45, now it’s 14. The department of health have acknowledged these figures and have confirmed an extra £1.4bn will go towards mental health services for children and adolescents in the next five years.