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Mental health patients wait more than a year for counselling

13th January 2014
NHS Patients in York and Selby have been told they'll wait up to 14 months for treatment, according to local paper, The Press.

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This includes a reported 323 people with conditions such as severe depression and post-traumatic disorder.

Another 207 people with conditions including moderate depression and anxiety will face a four-month waiting period for counselling.

 York Mind and York women's counselling said it had to close their doors last year due to demand.

The Leeds and York partnership NHS foundation trust have acknowledged the problem and highlight the need for an extra 27 member members of staff to effectively solve the problem. They are aware of the shortfalls and are working closely with local charities to explore ways of using their limited resources to best effect. Ideas including streamlining the process and group work, as well as providing computerised cognitive behaviour therapy and phone intervention as alternative to face-to-face sessions.

 David Smith, chief executive of the charity York Mind, labelled the current situation as  a "shocking situation" and notes that "suicide is a very real possibility".

Mr Smith pointed towards the success of talking therapies and suggested resources may need to be reallocated away from traditional methods. He said that York Mind had recently agreed to double its capacity for counselling.

 

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Anonymous

Saturday 18th January 2014 @ 18:45

I CANNOT BELIEVE IT THAT A PATIENT HAS TO WAIT FOR 14 MONTHS FOR TREATMENT--IS THE SERVICE REALLY SO HARD PRESSED AND ARE THERE REALLY SO MANY PATIENTS NEEDING TREATMENT. OR IS THERE SOMETHING AMISS, WHICH NEEDS TO BE LOOKED INTO.



ANYHOW, YORK MIND`S AGREEING TO DOUBLE ITS CAPACITY TO COUNSEL THESE PATIENTS IS LAUDABLE.


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