What we found
Our 2014 survey of 2,000 people who have tried to access talking therapies within the last two years found:
- One third of people had to ask for therapy, rather than being offered
- Half had waited more than three months for an assessment, with 1 in 10 waiting more than a year for assessment
- Only 15 per cent were offered the full choice of NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) approved therapies
- 56 per cent were offered no choice of therapy
- 45 per cent didn’t get the different types of therapy explained to them
- Half said they didn’t get enough sessions to help them to recover
- If the therapy offered didn’t work, 37 per cent were not offered anything else
While waiting for therapy:
- 67 per cent of people became more mentally unwell
- 40 per cent harmed themselves
- and 1 in 6 attempted to take their own life.
What we want
We are calling on the next Government to invest in psychological therapies, so that the NHS in England can offer a full range of evidence-based psychological therapies to all who need them within 28 days of requesting a referral.
Commissioning talking therapies to meet need
The We Need to Talk coalition has produced a briefing for commissioners to highlight the benefits of talking therapies and considerations to make when commissioning a service.