Let's improve access

New data from NHS England shows that not enough people are getting the talking therapy they need. Only 41% of CCGs (clinical commissioning groups) are meeting new Government targets to give more people access to therapies like counselling and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

In 2016 the Government made a major commitment of one billion pounds to improve mental health care by 2021. This plan is called the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (FYFVMH).

This is our opportunity to make sure that these commitments are met by the Government and the NHS. 

Will you write to your CCG and ask them what they will do to increase access
to talking therapies increases where you live?

Let's improve access to therapy

We need to talk

Many of you tell us you find talking therapies such as counselling and psychotherapy really helpful. In England, the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme has improved the situation and the Government has recently provided more funds so the service can be used by young people too.

But there are still far too many of you who are not getting the treatment you need, when you need it.

We're a part of the We Need to Talk Coalition, a group of mental health charities, professional organisations, Royal Colleges and service providers that believe in the effectiveness of psychological therapies. Together, the coalition are calling for the maintenance and development of these treatments on the NHS. 

What we're fighting for

Getting the right therapy at the right time is crucial – it can help people to better manage their condition and, in many cases, recover fully. Talking therapies should be made available to everyone within 28 days of referral, and you should be offered a choice of therapy.

We want:

  • A full choice of evidence-based psychological therapies made available to all
  • A commitment to equality between mental and physical health
  • Increased access to psychological therapies for all
  • More research and an improved evidence base for psychological therapies.

Read our most recent report or contact us for more details.

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