According to the NSPCC, an average of 150 referrals a day are turned away from NHS children’s mental health services
More than 100,000 children referred to local specialist NHS mental health services have been rejected for treatment in the last 2 years.
New figures obtained from NHS Trusts in England confirm that from a total of 652,023 cases referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), 109,613 children were turned away – equivalent to an average of 150 a day.
The number could be significantly higher, as one in five Trusts which responded to the request failed to report the number of rejected referrals.
The charity is now calling on Government to shift the focus of children and young people’s mental health services towards early intervention, to ensure that young people’s mental health does not have to reach crisis point before they are able to get help.
Record numbers of children contacted Childline about suicidal feelings in 2016/17, it was revealed by Childline’s Not Alone Anymore annual review. Mental and emotional health is now the most common reason for a child to contact Childline, with the service carrying out 63,622 counselling sessions in 2016/17.