Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar spoke in the House of Commons and has called for the government to protect mental health services for the children and young people of Redcar and Cleveland and surrounding areas.

Although The Link has seen an increase of around 40% in referrals of children and young people, staff hours have been cut by 15% due to funding cuts for mental health provision.

Anna said:

“An estimated one in ten children and young people in Redcar and Cleveland aged 5 - 16 years have a mental health disorder, higher then England and the rest of the North East. 

“Local services are becoming overwhelmed. Redcar charity The Link which provides mental health support for children saw an increase in demand last year of 40%.

“Despite a waiting list of over 140 children and planned waits of 11 weeks the charity is facing making redundancies and staff have had their hours cut due to funding cuts.

“Will she commit to increasing and ringfencing spending for child and adolescent mental health to truly put it on a par with physical health and will she ensure the role of third sector charities in delivery is protected?”

Jackie Doyle-Price, the minister for Mental Health and Inequalities responded, explaining that the government are increasing funding for mental health and that it is down to local CCGs how they commission services however, NHS England would be closely scrutinising mental health service commissioning.

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