Today the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) have launched a full report of their joint survey of over 3,000 NHS counsellors and psychotherapists on mental health services. We discovered some concerning findings:
- 84 per cent of NHS psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and counsellors say children now need to have more severe levels of illness in order to get help.
- 67 per cent say waiting times have got longer over the last 5 years.
- 76 per cent say the number of posts is inadequate to meet clients’ needs.
- 33 per cent say their service is facing downsizing or closure.
Martin Pollecoff, Chair of UKCP said: “We already know 75 per cent of all mental illness starts in childhood and if the window of opportunity is missed, problems can persist over a lifetime.
“The Green Paper was a step towards recognising the importance of early intervention, but bolder action is needed to make lasting change.
“We urge the government to increase investment in children and young people’s mental health services”