NHS England announced it will be providing £25 million extra funding for NHS organisations across England to improve mental health services for children and young people.
The funds will be allocated to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to accelerate plans for improving mental health services for children and young people, contributing to reduced waiting times for treatment, reduced waiting list backlogs as well as minimising the length of stay for those in inpatient care.
Chief Executive Janet Weisz said, “We welcome the extra funding that is so desperately needed to improve mental health services for children and young people. But, this is just a drop in the ocean compared to what is needed to make any lasting improvements.
“We would stress that funding is not just about reducing waiting times. As important is the need to provide earlier interventions and more choice in quality therapies, both of which prove effective when treating children and young people.”
She added: “There is huge public support for increasing mental health spending, with 74 per cent believing that funding for mental health should be at least the same as physical health funding. That is why we believe we need a far larger cash injection to achieve the levels of service that the public expects and clients deserve.”
The announcement comes a week after the House of Commons published a report higlighting that current targets for mental health are too limited, which UKCP and the British Psychoanalytic Council contributed to.