Last year, 2015, 61% of under-18s referred to local mental health services (CAMHS) got no treatment. A third didn’t even get assessed. In some areas, as few as 20% of those referred got treatment.
Those figures come from the most recent NHS statistics. Previous figures have shown that even those who get treatment often have to wait six months or longer to get it. NHS boss Simon Stevens says that at present the NHS is “able to respond to perhaps one in four children who might be defined as having a mental health need”.
The rich should be taxed heavily to rebuild the NHS, starting with this, which Stevens calls “the most creaking” part of the system.