Mental Health

Counselling in the News: Reaction to new government strategy on mental health

The Government’s new strategy ‘No Health Without Mental Health‘ was announced on Wednesday,with £400m being pledged over four years to extend the IAPT scheme (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) so that talking therapies, including counselling, will be more widely available – especially to children and young people. Six objectives have been set out in the …

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TV dramas unhelpful and misleading portrayal of mental illness

I was interested to see a piece in ‘Therapy Today’, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s professional journal, yesterday complaining about the way fictional characters with mental health problems are portrayed on television.  Having just seen the second part of BBC’s ‘Silent Witness’ a couple of nights before, I was already fuming about this …

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Let them bake cakes! Janet Street Porter dismisses depression as a “new trendy illness”

I had planned to write a long blog post today in protest at Janet Street Porter’s recent ignorant and offensive article in The Daily Mail, as I felt the need to defend the female and male sufferers of stress and depression she so insensitively derided.  However, Diane Foy of Coming Out of the Dark beat …

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