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Leading mental health organisations call for better access to psychological therapies

leading mental health organisations for better access to psychological therapy

Publication date: May 3, 2017

UKCP is a member of ‘We Need To Talk’, a coalition of mental health charities, professional organisations, Royal Colleges and service users. Together 20 organisations from this coalition have issued an urgent plea for more access to psychological therapies on the NHS ahead of the General Election on the 8 June 2017.

You can find the full manifesto document here

We are all calling for increased access to services and greater capacity, a maximum 28 day waiting time target, quality services – including more therapy sessions, more choice, and properly trained therapists – and joined up services to stop people getting lost between child and adult services.

The NHS target to provide psychological therapy to those with common mental health conditions is set to rise to 25 per cent by 2020 (from 15 percent), but most people still won’t be helped. Even in cases of severe mental illness, like psychosis, around half of people do not receive psychological therapy or have to wait over six and even 12 weeks to receive the care they need.

Janet Weisz, Chief Executive, UK Council for Psychotherapy commented, “Most people with mental health problems are still unable to access psychological therapy on the NHS. People need better, and we as therapists want better – but we need the resources to see more people, see them quickly, and offer them enough therapy sessions to genuinely help them.”

The other members of We Need to Talk who have made this call include:

  • Association of Child Psychotherapists
  • Beat
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • British Psychoanalytic Council
  • British Psychological Society
  • Centre for Mental Health
  • ISPS UK
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • Mind
  • National Counselling Society
  • National Counselling Network (NCN)
  • OCD Action
  • Rethink Mental Illness
  • Relate
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • St Mungo’s
  • Tavistock Relationships
  • UK Council for Psychotherapy
  • Young Minds

A full list of quotes from organisations can be found here