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Drastic cuts to mental health services

There was a lot of discussion last week about falls in mental health spending.

The Guardian reported that:

"Spending in real terms on mental health has declined for the first time in a decade, a report for the Department of Health has found.

Although one of the coalition's first big policy announcements was to declare that mental health ought to have "parity with physical health in the NHS", investment in mental health for working-age adults dropped by 1%, once inflation is taken into account, to £6.63bn. For the elderly, the recorded fall in real terms spending was 3.1% to £2.83bn.

In total, spending on mental health services in England dropped by £150m, the first fall since 2001. However this drop comes after a decade of rising investment: in 2001 just £4.1bn was spent on working-age adults' mental health.

The report shows the shifting composition of mental health spending with investment in the three traditional priority areas – crisis resolution, early intervention and outreach – falling for the first time by almost £30m.

More than 6 million Britons are reported to suffer from depression and estimates put the economic cost of mental ill-health at more than £75bn a year."

We've listed below some of the cuts to mental health services that we uncovered with our own FOI research into charity and community groups cuts, and through some crowdsourcing, to give an even wider picture of cuts and proposed cuts to mental health services around the country*.

About 350 cuts to mental health services and testimonies have been added to the False Economy database in the last couple of years.

Some examples:

Lincolnshire Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Feb 23, 2011 ... Lincolnshire CAMHS is an NHS service providing mental healthassessment, therapy and intervention to children, young people and families.

Somali Mental Health Project | Cut | False Economy Oct 23, 2011 ... Charity. Funding for mental health floating support servivce. Local authority funding cut: £5,124.36. Details: Received £45,513.80 in 2010/11; cut by £5,124.36 in 2011/12 following cuts to Supporting People

Pillar and The Alford mental health drop-in centres | Cut | False Economy Jan 24, 2011 In 2010, Aberdeen City Council withdrew funding from both of the city’s drop-in centres for people with mental health problems - Pillar and The Alford Centre. Both were closed as a result.

COPE: Black Mental Health Foundation | Cut | False Economy Oct 23, 2011 Charity. Committed to providing services for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) mental health users, carers, lone parents and families in partnership with other organisations with a duty of care.Local authority funding cut: £9,644. Details: Received £9,644 in 2010/11; no funding in 2011/12 following cuts to Working Neighbourhoods Fund.

Mental Health Action Group: Oct 23, 2011 Charity. Centre for those who have, or have had previously experienced mental health problems.Local authority funding cut: £3,563.73.

Mental Health Matters: Oct 23, 2011 Charity. Works with partner organisations to deliver a range of services covering everything from employment and housing to community support and psychological services.

West London Mental Health NHS Trust | Cut | False Economy Nov 25, 2010 West London Mental Health NHS Trust plans to cut its workforce by the equivalent of more than 450 full-time posts - more than 10 percent of total staffing - between 2010 and 2013.

Kent and Medway NHS mental health trust 24 Oct, 2010: Charity Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, which focuses on mental health, expects to cut its workforce by the equivalent of 560 full-time staff - almost 16 percent of the entire workforce - between 2010 and 2015.

Coventry and Warwickshire NHS mental health trust - False Economy Nov 25, 2010 Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, which focuses on mental health, plans to cut its workforce by the equivalent of nearly 560 full-time posts - almost 20 percent of total staffing - between 2010 and 2013, including more than 300 clinical posts.

NHS mental health services are affected by cuts | Testimony | False ... Dec 24, 2010 ... I work for Brent Mental Health Service and at the end of March we were informed that there was going to be a drastic reorganisation, due to the ...

North Staffordshire NHS mental health trust | Cut | False Economy Oct 24, 2010 ... North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust plans to cut its workforce by the equivalent of 460 full-time staff between 2010 and 2015 ...

You can read our full FOI cuts to charities and voluntary sector groups here.

See a full search return of mental health service cuts and issues here

*Note: All FOI-sourced information in our lists has been provided through Freedom of Information requests from local councils collected between March and July 2011. The figure for the number of groups funded is a net figure. Some councils may have revised decisions since submitting their data. If you spot a change, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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