(UK) Nottingham: "Rising demand" for children's mental health services; funds lacking

Jan 22, 2018, (UK) West Bridford Wire: 10,000 Childline mental health counselling sessions last year in Nottingham More than 10,000 counselling sessions about mental health were carried out at Childline’s Nottingham base last year with young people from across the UK, as stagnant funding from Government prompts a call to action. Across all of the NSPCC-run service’s UK bases, the numbers of contacts about mental and emotional health, self-harm or suicidal thoughts and feelings peaked at 101,454 in 2016/17,an increase of 12 per cent on the previous year. The NSPCC is calling on Government to increase the amount of funding it gives to Childline to help meet this rising demand, to support children 24 hours a day and to help them before they reach crisis point. Last year Government proposed in its Green Paper the introduction of mental health support for children and young people in schools. … At present Childline counsellors can only respond to 3 out of 4 children who need their help, as more and more children are using online counselling which requires more time and resources to answer. … “Government funding to Childline has remained the same, whilst demand for counselling about mental health continues to increase. It is vital that Government urgently provides more funding to help children who don’t have access to support elsewhere.”