A recent report, highlighted by The Times last week, has demonstrated that spending on young people’s mental health services has fallen in real terms, dropping by as much as a third in some areas.

Conversely, another study, led by the University of Liverpool, has identified that one in four teenage girls are suffering with depression by the time they are 14 years old, an increase on previous estimates.

This is in addition to a number of recent reports about young people with severe mental health issues being sent to hospital beds over a hundred miles from their homes due to bed shortages for mentally-ill teenagers.

In a case referred to by the BBC recently, Mr Justice Holman, ruling on the case, described the situation as “scandalous”.

For children suffering with mental ill-health, a delay in being assigned a bed or provision hundreds of miles from their family, can add to their worries and lead to even more extreme behaviour.

According to The Times, the Liberal Democrat health spokesman, Norman Lamb commented that “children’s mental health services remain the Cinderella service of the NHS.”

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