20 leading mental health organisations call for better access to psychological therapy

Ahead of the General Election on the 8 June 2017, We Need To Talk, a coalition of 20 mental health charities, professional organisations, Royal Colleges and service users has issued an urgent plea for more access to psychological therapies on the NHS. OCD Action are proud to be a part of this coalition that aims to improve things for those affected by mental ill health.

The NHS target to provide psychological therapy to those with common mental health conditions is set to rise to 25 per cent by 2020 (from 15 percent), but most people still won’t be helped. This needs to change.

As stated in the Manifesto, We Need to Talk is calling for a maximum 28 day waiting time target, quality services - including more therapy sessions, more choice, properly trained therapists and joined up services to stop people getting lost between child and adult services.

Chair of OCD Action, Piers Watson, said: "Given what we all now know about mental health – in particular how successful treatments can be – then how we respond to this issue defines us, more than ever before, as to the sort of society we aspire to be."

You can read the full We Need To Talk manifesto here.