This week, the NSPCC launched its mental health campaign “Are You There?” because we want any child or young person with a mental health concern to have somewhere to turn.
We know Childline is already a trusted place for children across the UK. As more and more young people contact Childline about mental health issues, we’re asking you to stand by us as we call on the Government to increase its funding to Childline.
Last year the Government pledged to take action and make sure the right support is there early on, proposing in its Green Paper to introduce mental health support, such as counselling, for young people in schools.
Childline held over 101,000 counselling sessions last year about mental health issues like self-harm, anxiety or suicidal thoughts and feelings. Two thirds of these sessions took place outside school hours (5pm-9am). We know there’s an additional need for out of hours support and we can all play a part in making sure this support is there.
Childline plays a crucial role in helping children who are struggling with their mental health but who don’t meet the clinical threshold for CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services). In fact more than 50,000 referrals to CAMHS were rejected last year. At present though, our counsellors can only respond to 3 out of 4 children who need our help. More children using our online counselling requires more time and resources.
Please join us in calling on the Government to increase its funding to Childline, helping us meet this rising demand and supporting children before they reach crisis point. You can sign our petition and share our campaign amongst your friends and family.