YoungMinds hit by a cash crisis

A serious financial crisis could force children's mental health charity YoungMinds to scrap its policy team just as the Mental Health Bill is going through Parliament.

Several major donors that each contribute more than £100,000 have reduced their gifts just as a three-year Big Lottery Fund grant is coming to an end. A six-year Section 64 grant is also not being renewed by the Department of Health, threatening the future of the charity's grant-funded in-house magazine.

Avis Johns, development director at YoungMinds, is concerned about the future of children's mental health services if her charity can no longer lobby.

"The Mental Health Bill treats children as adults, and that can't happen," she said.

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