We Need to Talk coalition: manifesto published

The We Need to Talk coalition, which lists the ACP among its members, has this month published its new manifesto calling on the next government to provide better access to psychological therapies for adults, young people and children with mental health problems.

The group, made up of mental health charities, professional organisations, Royal Colleges and services providers, has been campaigning to increase the number of people who can benefit from a range of evidence-based talking therapies.

The manifesto sets out the coalition's key aims which call for greater investment in psychological therapies so that the NHS in England can offer a full range of treatments to all who need them within 28 days of requesting a referral.

Since joining the coalition earlier this year, the ACP has worked hard to support one of the manifesto's key aims to increase access to psychological therapies for children and young people. Working alongside the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy to agree the wording of this section of the manifesto, it now reads:

"All children and young people should have access to psychological therapies, including access to a counsellor in all secondary schools and colleges. This would include Children and Young People's IAPT to extend its scope of evidence based therapies and to have 100 per cent coverage across the country."

Other key aims call for a commitment to equality between physical and mental health; the introduction of national access and waiting times; improving the choice and location of therapies and expanding research and evidence base for talking therapies.

Read the We Need to Talk coalition manifesto