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UKCP warns that far too few people in need have access to psychological therapies

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Publication date: October 10, 2016

Following the publication by NHS Digital of the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey – Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, England, the country’s leading psychotherapy body, the UK Council for Psychotherapy warns that too few people in need have access to psychological therapy.

The survey shows that one in five women and one in eight men had symptoms for a common mental disorder, with young women in particular emerging as a high-risk group.

However, only a third of those with a common mental disorder reported that they were receiving help. Although this is as increase from the one in four who reported this in 2000 and 2007, it is mainly driven by steep increases in the reported use of psychotropic medication.

UKCP Chief Executive, Janet Weisz, said “As the leading professional body representing practitioners in the field, we continue to be concerned about the gap between those needing help for mental health conditions and those who receive it.

“Research tells us that clients would rather receive therapy than medication  – but this survey shows that, in practice, they are getting the reverse. Far too few people have access to psychological therapies on the NHS, let alone high quality psychological therapies.”

ENDS

  1. The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is the leading professional body for the education, training, accreditation and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Our register of over 8,000 individual therapists is accredited by the government’s Professional Standards Authority. As part of our commitment to protecting the public, we work to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against therapists on our register. http://www.ukcp.org.uk/
  2. Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey – Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, England,http://content.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB21748/apms-2014-full-rpt.pdf
  3. Treatment preferences Among Depressed Primary Care Patients, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1525-1497.2000.08035.x/full