Talking therapy pilot well underway

A government scheme to test the use of talking therapies for people with mental health problems saw 1,000 clients in its first three months of operation, according to new figures out today.

The Doncaster pilot site for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies project, which was launched in May, is now taking on up to 100 clients a week.

Doncaster and a second demonstration site in Newham, east London, will test the theory that improved access to talking therapies can help the economy by helping more people with depression or anxiety return to work.

Mind chief executive Paul Farmer said: “There is no doubt that talking treatments are an essential part of the national healthcare picture, and we hope that services like this can be swiftly rolled out across the country.”

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