Over 700,000 people a year who are referred to the NHS therapies receive little or no help

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme was launched in 2008 in order to improve the quality and accessibility of mental health services in England. Its focus is on therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling and self help support – known as ‘talking therapies’ 

However, the stats below do not paint a positive picture on the help available.

–1.4 million referrals to IAPT services was received in 16/17, with around 58% (circa 776,000 people) receiving little (only one session) or no help at all.

–Shockingly to count as finishing treatment a referral must involve more than two treatment appointments – so the circa 40% of people who received treatment could only have had two treatment sessions.

Source: http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN06988/SN06988.pdf

Funding gap

The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ analysis compared mental health trusts’ income in 2011-12 to 2016-17, controlling for inflation. In England, 62 per cent of mental health trusts (34 out of 55) reported a lower income than five years ago. Depending on where you live, also affects what sort of treatment you can receive. 

There is a lot more evidence we can and will be providing in the future, but the above shows that blink is needed, so we can provide rapid professional and peer support, when people need it most


’Blink - The Mental Heath Campaign’ is a not for profit unincorporated charitable association. All funds that blink receive goes directly to help improve mental health care in the UK