A report in The Observer this week has highlighted the declining capacity and provision of services for those suffering with severe mental health conditions such as psychosis and eating disorders.

According to the report, the number of beds available for mental health care has dropped by approximately a third in the last nine years. At the same time, the number of NHS mental health nurses has dropped by approximately 15%.

The report suggests that child mental health care is suffering the most from these shortages with children who require residential support having to travel significant distances away from their homes in order to access provision.

A report in The Times last year identified that spending on teenage mental health services had dropped, in real terms, by around a third in some areas.

Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing is quoted as saying, “Despite all the rhetoric on the importance of mental health, these figures show the painful reality.”

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