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Charities need funding

14th September 2007

Mental health charities say they are being forced to spend too much time “begging� for money instead of focusing their time on helping young people.

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In a special report, the Mental Health Foundation has called for more funding for the voluntary sector and stresses that such charities often play a critical role for children needing help with mental health problems.

The foundation’s call has been backed by the Professor Sir Albert Aynsley-Green, the children’s tsar for England.

It is estimated that 10% of children aged 5-16 suffers a mental health problem at one time and experts say they are often more likely to turn to a charity to help because they can feel intimidated by state services.

This is backed up by government figures, which show 40% of these young people are not getting specialist NHS help from services such as the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

In its report Listen Up!, the Mental Health Foundation said children often prefer to turn to GPs or the voluntary sector, but charities are struggling to cope with the numbers needing their services.

The report says such services a “welcoming and accessible� but adds that for those running the services it is frustrating that they need to spend valuable time handing round the begging bowl for funding rather than helping young people.

The charity’s chief executive Dr Andrew McCulloch said: “At a time when our young people’s mental health is worsening, they need places to go with their problems where they feel safe and listened to.�

 

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