Mental health

Stop Lewisham CAMHS cuts

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:23 Author: Rosalind Robson

Lewisham council is planning to cut funding to children’s mental health services (CAMHS) by £150,000 over the next two years. This follows a £94,000 cut last year, and is on top of NHS “efficiency savings”.

These cuts follow a pattern around the country.  More than one in five local authorities has either frozen or cut its CAMHS budgets every year since 2010.  £85m has gone from those budgets in six years. 

Take the stress out of studying!

Submitted by cathy n on 18 December, 2017 - 1:21 Author: Joe Booth
take the stress out of studying

I’m a 15-year-old socialist from the London Borough of Hackney. I’m currently in my final year at secondary school at an academy in Hackney Downs called the Mossbourne Federation.

My school is a pressurising experience: students are giving at least two pieces of long homework a day, the examination structure is 100% just exams, students get long detentions just for standing up without permission, students have to wear spotless black socks, school opens at 8.17am, and so it continues.

Letter: More than sympathetic listening

Submitted by cathy n on 24 November, 2017 - 9:33 Author: Todd Hamer

It is right that Daisy Thomas highlights the mental health epidemic sweeping through the advanced capitalist world, especially among young people (Solidarity 452).

It is also good that she highlights possible social causes for this epidemic and suggests a role for smart phones and social media.