Young Minds: Annie's story
Young Minds is a national charity and one of its young volunteers has started an epetition as a consequence of the charity discovering that 77% of local clinical commissioning groups and 55% of local authorities who responded to a Freedom of Information request said they had frozen or cut their CAHMS budgets in the last 2 years.
Annie who has spoken out about the issue says that "Thousands of children and young people are under pressure and suffering everyday but can't get the help they so desperately need because mental health services are being cut across the country".
Annie is one of the thousands of teenagers who has struggled to get the help they needed, when they needed it. Annie is just 17.
"Since I became a teenager I have been really unhappy and have had severe mental health problems. I have self harmed, struggled at school and my life at home has sometimes been like a war zone because I was desperately suffering and taking it out on my parents.
When I first started to struggle. I didn’t know what was going on and neither did other people. They thought I was acting up and being a ‘typical teenager’. I felt so alone.
I have been admitted to hospital but onto an adult psychiatric ward, not a children’s ward because there were no beds available. I got help but it was years after I started to struggle. I needed help early on, right at the start.
I eventually managed to the help I needed, but too many young people don’t, and the consequences are tragic for them and their families."
Are you moved to add your voice to her appeal? So far the petition has approaching 10,000 supporters - are you minded to push it further and empower this charity to take the issue forward and advocate for improvements to intervention services to prevent deterioration and increased costs further along a service users pathway? Can 217 voices around North Lincolnshire add critical mass to Annie's Campaign?
Are you worried about a child or young person's behaviour or mental health? Then you're not alone. Call the Young People's Parents Helpline free on 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm) or email email@example.com