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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

College responds to YoungMinds survey of funding cuts

Embargoed until 27 July 2011

Commenting on the YoungMinds survey of funding cuts to child and adolescent mental health services, which is published today, Dr Margaret Murphy, chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, said:

"We are pleased that YoungMinds has highlighted this really important issue. We are aware that child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are already increasingly overstretched. Our Members are also concerned that, with planned reductions in budgets, services will be unable to provide vital treatment.

"Withdrawing money from services that work with children and young people who are in the early stages of developing mental health problems is short-sighted and a false economy. We know that CAMHS can have a vital role in preventing the development of more serious longer-term problems, which are more difficult and more expensive to treat. We are also very concerned that children, young people and families in distress will be left without appropriate help and support."

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YoungMinds is the UK’s leading children’s mental health charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of children and empowering their parents and carers.


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