The Government has today announced a five year plan to help bring treatment for mental health conditions in line with other NHS services, ending years of imbalance between mental and physical health services. Pledges include:
Mental health services are unable to cope with demand for psychological therapies, according to an investigation by the We Need to Talk coalition. The coalition, which includes the BPC, says that huge variations in referral rates and waiting times around the country are unacceptable and are making people more unwell. It is calling on the next government to make access to talking therapies an immediate priority after the election.
British Psychoanalytic Council registrant Dr Laura Allison has written an important article for The Lancet on 'Psychoanalytic ideas and their place in psychiatry training in the UK'.
Psychoanalytic ideas recognise what it is to be human and recognise the fundamental importance of human relationships to each individual.