Increased funding and on-the-ground impact for children's mental health services

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Our daughter is currently in her 4th mental health hospital. She was first admitted in October 2016 aged 14. 20 months on she is still an inpatient. Since her hospital admission she has become worse displaying some truly distressing behaviour which has put herself and others at risk. She has received limited therapy, had diagnoses which have changed each time she moved hospital. She will be 17 in November- she has lost her teenage years; all she wants to do is come home. Lack of therapy and trained staff have hindered her progress. The pain of seeing our daughter so distressed and not having her home has been unbearable. It is our belief that if CAMHS were better funded she would never have got to the point of needing to be hospitalised and had the hospital been better funded she would be home now.



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