NEW figures have revealed the number of young people referred to mental health services in north Cumbria increased by 60 per cent in the last year.
NHS digital data shows that in 2019-20, 3,570 under-18s were referred to mental health services across NHS North Cumbria CCG – a 63% increase on the previous year,
NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group said the increase reflected the difficulties posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2019, mental health services in the area were transferred to Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW).
A spokesperson for NHS North Cumbria CCG said: “The report from the Children’s Commissioner reflects the improvements we are seeing in our children’s NHS mental health services since Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust took over services in October 2019.
“It shows increased investment and an improvement in the responsiveness of our CAMHS services.
“The increase in…