Just under 762,000 people were referred to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme for anxiety or depression last year.
The first annual report shows that women accounted for almost two thirds of the people referred (62%), and almost three quarters of people were aged between 20 and 49 (71%).
In total, IAPT services reported 884,000 referrals in 2012/13, of which 434,000 required an individual to enter treatment.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report also looks at whether referrals ending treatment have resulted in a recovery from the condition. In order to be assessed for recovery, a referral entering treatment must meet the score threshold indicating a recognised case of depression or anxiety – known as “caseness”.
Of the 535,000 referrals reported to have ended in 2012-13, 127,000 had initially met the “caseness” threshold when they entered treatment and of these 54,000 (43 in 100) had recovered by the time they completed treatment.
HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: “Today’s report has been much anticipated given it provides the first annual snapshot of access to psychological therapies in England for people with anxiety and depression.
"The new dataset includes more than three quarters of a million people who were reported as being referred to these services in 2012-13. It is vital such information is not only collected and published but that it is read and used to help develop services.”