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We need more psychological therapy

4 May 2017

Ahead of the General Election in June, the We Need To Talk coalition of 20 mental health organisations (including Centre for Mental Health) has issued their manifesto calling for more access to psychological therapies through the NHS.

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.

We Need To Talk is 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.

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