We need to talk: the case for psychological therapy on the NHS

Centre for Mental Health
Centre for Mental Health
Publication date:
31 October 2006


This report examines the provision of psychological therapies and argues that evidence-based talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy are as important for the nation's health as any cancer drug or surgical procedure. Evidence shows that they can help millions of people in the UK who experience common and severe mental health problems. It calls on the Government to provide psychological therapy through the NHS in line with NICE guidance. It also says that the NHS should introduce waiting time measures for access to mental health treatments. The report is a collaboration between five mental health organisations: Mental Health Foundation, Mind, Rethink, The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, Young Minds.