Young Minds charity has released figures showing that more than half of councils have cut or frozen budgets for child and adolescent health.
Concerns are now rife that too many young people are not receiving the care they need in the early stages of their illness – which can lead to serious consequences.
Young Minds found that lack of care can see many children needing time in hospital, and some may even remain ill during adulthood.
These findings were reached when the charity submitted a Freedom of Information request about funding of child and adolescent mental health services for 2014-15 and the previous four financial years.
Out of the 151 councils contacted, 99 responded and it was revealed that more than half had made cuts over the last five years.
Only nine councils had kept funding at the same level.
The biggest reduction was at Birmingham City Council – from just over £2.3m in 2010-11 to £125,000 in 2014-15. This marks a drop of 94%.
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