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New wave of talking therapy sites for World Mental Health Day

New wave of talking therapy sites for World Mental Health Day

News Release issued by the COI News Distribution Service on 08 October 2009

More than 100,000 people will benefit from a new wave of talking therapy services going live across the country from today, World Mental Health Day, Care Services Minister Phil Hope has announced.

The 52 new sites will help people with depression and anxiety disorders access NICE approved treatments including cognitive behavioural therapies, counselling and guided self-help.

The 52 new sites going live between World Mental Health Day and March 2010 join 35 sites launched in 2008 and a further 28 that went live earlier this year. This is part of £103 million being spent by the Department of Health on making a total of 115 services available by March next year.

Care Services Minister Phil Hope said:

“From World Mental Health Day, 52 new talking therapy services will go live, helping thousands more people recover from debilitating anxiety disorders.

“The talking therapy services that are already up and running have been very successful, with 73,000 people entering treatment and 1,500 more therapists being employed under the scheme. I look forward to seeing the programme go from strength to strength in the future.”

One in four people suffer from a mental health problem at any one time and mental ill health costs the economy over £77 billion a year, according to estimates. The Government is developing a new strategy for mental health for the coming years called New Horizons, currently out for consultation.

Care Services Minister Phil Hope continued:

“World Mental Health Day will raise awareness and help break down the stigma that all too often surrounds mental health problems. But I want to go a step further and prevent people developing mental health problems in the first place.

“Our New Horizons strategy aims to create more mentally healthy communities as well as continuing the improvements in services we’ve seen in recent years. I want as many people as possible to have their say on the best way to achieve this. “

The 52 new sites are Wakefield, Great Yarmouth & Waveney, Peterborough, Derby City, Derby County, Leicester City, Leicester County & Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottingham County, Islington, Lambeth, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, Greenwich, Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth, Sutton & Merton, Westminster, Bolton, Liverpool, Stockport, Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale, North Lancashire, Cumbria, Bury, Trafford, Tameside & Glossop, Ashton, Wigan & Leigh, Surrey, Southampton, Portsmouth, Devon, Gloucester, Plymouth, Somerset, South Gloucester, Torbay Care Trust, Wiltshire, Birmingham East & North, South Birmingham, Heart of Birmingham, Telford & Wrekin, Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, Rotherham, North Yorkshire & York, Hampshire, Gateshead, Northumberland, Luton

Notes to Editors

For details of filming opportunities at talking therapy sites, contact the Department of Health newsdesk on 0207 210 5221.

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme is one element of government action to help people with mental health problems recover and get back into work.

So far, 73,000 people have entered treatment and 1,500 more people have been employed in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. The programme is on course to treat 900,000 in the first three years.

Each of the 80 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) receive a share of the £103 million, allocated for year two of the programme(2009-10), rising to £173 million in 2010-11, as announced by Health Secretary Alan Johnson on World Mental Health Day 2007 (10 October).

In March 2009, the Department of Health and Department of Work and Pensions announced and extra £13million to help speed up access to talking therapies during the recession.

The programme began with two demonstration sites in Newham, East London, and Doncaster, in Yorkshire, focused on working-age adults. Between them, they saw 5,000 patients in a year and brought well over half of them to measurable recovery with the number going to work rising by 10 per cent.

Sites and timings

2006 – two pilots in Newham and Doncaster

2008 – 35 first wave sites: Eastern and Central Cheshire, Western Cheshire, Knowsley, Salford, East Lancashire, Bournemouth and Poole, Cornwall and the isles of Scilly, Dorset, Swindon, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, West Hertfordshire, Suffolk, North Lincolnshire, Leeds, East Riding, Sheffield, Nottingham City, Lincolnshire, Camden, City and Hackney, Ealing, Southwark, Haringey, Dudley, Shropshire, Stoke, East Sussex Downs and Weald, Hastings and Rother, Brighton and Hove City, West Kent, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire West, South Tyneside, North Tyneside.

April – July 2009 – 14 new sites: East & North Hertfordshire, North East Essex, North Somerset, Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, Camden, West Sussex, Medway, East & Coastal Kent, Oxfordshire, Isle of Wight, Berkshire East, Milton Keynes, Norfolk

September 2009 – 14 new sites: South East Essex, South West Essex, Mid Essex, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, , Hull, Kirklees, Barnsley, Calderdale, North East Lincolnshire, Doncaster, Bradford

October 2009 – 46 new sites: Wakefield, Great Yarmouth & Waveney, Peterborough, Derby City, Derby County, Leicester City, Leicester County & Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottingham County, Islington, Lambeth, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, Greenwich, Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth, Sutton & Merton, Westminster, Bolton, Liverpool, Stockport, Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale, North Lancashire, Cumbria, Bury, Trafford, Tameside & Glossop, Ashton, Wigan & Leigh, Surrey, Southampton, Portsmouth, Devon, Gloucester, Plymouth, Somerset, South Gloucester, Torbay Care Trust, Wiltshire, Birmingham East & North, South Birmingham, Heart of Birmingham, Telford & Wrekin, Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull

January – March 2010 – 6 new sites: Rotherham, North Yorkshire & York, Hampshire, Gateshead, Northumberland, Luton

Contacts:

Department of Health
Phone: 020 7210 5221
NDS.DH@coi.gsi.gov.uk

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