Children’s Mental Health: Southwark Council Boost Budget

Southwark Council boosted spending on children mental health services by £557,643 from 2015 to 2019, now spending more than a million pounds a year.

By Joe and Anon, Southwark · May 29, 2020

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Southwark Council increased funding for children and adolescent mental health services by £557,643 in 2019 compared to 2015, new data reveals.

The council spent £1,250,687 for services with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in 2019, compared to £693,044 in 2015.

A new drop-in mental health ‘hub’ for young people aged 13 and older was due to open this year in Peckham but due to the introduction of restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, this has been put on hold.

Instead the council has launched “The Nest”, an online and phone line support services, run in partnership with Groundwork London.

Councillor Jasmine Ali, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Adult Social Care, said: “During this time of great stress and disruption, we must forge ahead with our efforts to support young people with mental health problems, which are hugely exacerbated by the current health crisis.

“While we can’t open a physical building as promised this week, we can keep up the momentum and ensure that young people have all the support they need.

“When the ‘lockdown’ restrictions are lifted and the doors are open, we fully intend to expand the service to support all children and young people under the age of 25.

“Good mental health is as important as good physical health and children need to get support with their emotional or mental wellbeing when they need it, on demand, without waiting for a referral.”

The data was provided by Southwark Borough Council, following the submission of a Freedom of Information request from media literacy charity The Student View.

If you are experiencing difficulties that you think may be related to your mental health, please seek help. Call NHS 111, or click here for support from The Samaritans, or here for support from Mind.