We've written a response to an article in The Guardian by Rebecca Cotton, Director of Mental Health Policy for the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network.
Rebecca's article provides some helpful advice for Simon Stevens, the incoming chief of NHS England, on what he needs to do for mental health.
To see the article please click on: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/26/mental-health-investment-not-cuts-nhs-simon-stevens.
Gay conversion therapy, sometimes known as reparative or ‘gay cure’ therapy, attempts to alter a person’s sexual orientation or reduce attraction to others of the same sex. It often assumes that homosexuality is a mental disorder.
The BPC thinks it is wholly unethical, has no evidence base and can cause a lot of harm to individuals.
On 24th February 2014, the Guardian published an article by Patrick Strudwick, ‘We can’t leave mentally ill people at the mercy of unregulated therapists’. Patrick contends that the psychotherapy and counselling professions are far from adequately regulated.
The Health Service Journal has published a letter from the BPC highlighting the need for greater choice of psychological therapies on the NHS.
Our letter was written in response to the latest figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre on the recovery of people undergoing treatment on the NHS's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT).