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New research shows nearly half of CAMHS failed to adapt support services during lockdown

A new study has revealed that 4 in 10 Child and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) failed to introduce any new on-line support services for young people during the pandemic lock down.

The survey carried out by BFB labs looked at 135 NHS clinical commissioning groups finding that limited knowledge of available digital interventions, cost and a lack of clinical evidence on effectiveness were the main barriers to them moving services online.

The study also found that nearly two thirds of CAMHS are currently signposting children and young people to online resources rather than proven digital interventions such as talking therapies.

These findings are set against recent suggestions that as many as 1 ½ million young people in England will need help with psychological difficulties as a direct result of the crisis while three-quarters of young people experiencing a mental health problem are unable to access any treatment at all.