Below is a letter I wrote to the BBC regarding an article they publish on young women experiencing decline in their mental wellbeing, my concern is we are missing the elephant in the room which is the huge mental health cuts in the NHS and local government.
I am writing to you regarding an article you published on the BBC news website ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37223063 ) on the 31st August 2016. First of all, I wanted to thank you for bring the public’s attention to the growing challenges that young people are facing in today’s world, the media are a key cog in improving mental wellbeing for the country.
The one issue I have with the report is it has failed to ask the question about continuing cuts to youth services in local government as well as the wider cuts to mental health services in general. Local councils traditionally provided many services for young people which not only help build community resilience but gave young people the opportunity to improve their mental wellbeing. These services also allowed professionals to identify issues with mental wellbeing earlier and respond to them.
I believe I speak on behalf of many when I say that we simply do not have the resources to commission and deliver services to support young people with their mental wellbeing. To me the lack of youth services delivered in local government has a direct correlation with the increase in young people experiencing difficulties with their mental wellbeing yet public awareness of this in my view is limited.
Once again thank you for raising awareness about the challenges young people face and I hope you can consider my contributions and reflections on it. Should you wish to talk to me about anything I have raised then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Wishing you the very best