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DH invests £170m in talking therapies

The Department of Health set out plans yesterday to invest £170m in talking therapies.

The new "Improving Access to Psychological Therapies" programme is designed to transform the lives of people with depression and anxiety disorders by offering them access to cognitive behavioural therapies.
Health Secretary Alan Johnson revealed that the new programme will also train an extra 3,600 psychological therapists.

All GP practices will have access to psychological therapies as the programme rolls out.

Alan Johnson said: "The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme has already captured the imagination of primary care trusts up and down the country and is transforming the lives of thousands of people with depression and anxiety disorders in areas that have been involved so far."

Health Minister Ivan Lewis added: "More than one in six people suffer from mental health problems such as anxiety, stress and depression at any one time and GPs spend a third of their time dealing with people with these common mental health problems."

"Today's (yesterday's) guidance is another step towards giving people with mental health problems a real choice of treatment, helping to reduce dependence on medication."

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