Ellesmere Port News - Therapist appointments to help mental patients - 7 January 2009
THE mental heath trust covering Western Cheshire is to employ seven specialist therapists to support a national NHS programme which helps adults suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, funded by the Department of Health via Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust, aims to improve access to care, cutting down waiting times and helping patients achieve recovery.
Pulse - Talking therapies scheme is working, evaluation finds - 24 November 2008
An NHS evaluation of the Government's flagship Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme has found it is successfully treating patients with depression and anxiety and helping people off long-term incapacity benefit.
Craegmoor - Anxiety and depression treatment boost in north-west - 30 October 2008
Access to psychological therapies for people suffering from depression and anxiety in the north-west will be improved by an injection of £43 million. The money will be spent on creating an extra 500 specialists in the field over the next three years.
BBC News Online - A lift for those who are down - 29 October 2008
Since almost everyone is affected directly or indirectly by the painful consequences of clinical depression and anxiety, I thought I would post some good news. The new psychological therapies which are being rolled out in England appear to be having a remarkable impact.
Yorkshire Evening Post - £4m for Leeds mental health therapies - 24 October 2008
LEEDS is one of 32 areas in the country to benefit from government funding aimed at helping people with common mental health problems.
NHS Leeds will receive over £4m over the next three years to deliver talking therapies for people with mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Health Service Journal - Catching mental illness early - 22 September 2008
Things are set to change across much of Hertfordshire, following the county's success with several pilot and pathfinder sites for the national programme for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies. Results from the larger original demonstration sites also persuaded the government to announce last October £173m of annual funding by 2010 for the programme across England, starting with £33m in 2008-09 to get the roll-out started.
The Independent - The pursuit of happiness: it's good to talk... or is it? - 8 July 2008
The belief that cognitive behaviour therapy is the most effective way of treating depression is wrong, claim leading psychotherapists.
The Sheffield Star - Recognition for staff giving mental health support - 8 July 2008
A team working to improve mental health in Doncaster has won a top national healthcare award. Staff from Doncaster Primary Care Trust's 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies' scheme scooped the Service Transformation category at the Health and Social Care Awards in London.
Daily Mail - Talk therapy for the depressed 'could be wasting millions', say psychotherapists - 6 July 2008
Depression sufferers may not be receiving the most suitable treatment because of a Government obsession with one type of therapy, warn leading psychotherapists. The idea that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is more effective than other methods is a 'myth', they claim.
Last year Health Secretary Alan Johnson announced that by 2010, the Government would spend £173million a year on CBT.
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