Access to Mental Health Services
As someone who suffers from anxiety, I have recently been told that the waiting list for an intense period of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will be 19 weeks. Whilst I am lucky in that I have a very supportive church providing greater care and encouragement, many who suffer are not and the prospect of a waiting list is likely to be daunting and potentially lead to a serious decline in their mental health. This at a time also when rates of suicide are sadly also increasing.
Whilst appreciating that NHS resources are scarce, this petition calls on the Government to introduce a guarantee offering a full range of evidence-based psychological therapies to all who need them within 28 days of requesting a referral.
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