Latest figures show more local residents accessing Talking Therapies than ever before | News and events

Latest figures show more local residents accessing Talking Therapies than ever before | News and events

Main Menu

Nelft logo

News

NELFT NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of community health and mental health services across the north east London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Essex and Kent and Medway.

Read the latest NELFT news, including information on our services, new trust staff, research and development of our services.

Latest figures show more local residents accessing Talking Therapies than ever before

  • 25% increase in people accessing Talking Therapies than previous year
  • 1 in 2 people who access Talking Therapies are moved to recovery after treatment
  • Cost of living crisis and social anxiety due to lengthy lockdown periods identified as contributors 

The number of people accessing Talking Therapies for conditions such as anxiety and depression has increased 25% from the previous record-breaking year as many struggle with their mental health as a result of daily life expenditures, social anxiety due to lengthy lockdown periods and worries for the future.

Latest data (2021/22) shows 20,923 residents from Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, and Havering have accessed Talking Therapies services at NELFT, an increase from 16,766 from the previous year (2020/21), making it the highest number ever recorded.

Of those who accessed Talking Therapies services, around 1 in 2 (53%) people were moved to recovery following a successful course of treatment – exceeding both the national target and national average (50%).

The release of this data comes off the back of NELFT’s recent CQC rating being upgraded to ‘Good’.

Acting Chief Executive for NELFT, Jacqui Van Rossum, is urging those who are or know someone struggling with their mental health to seek help, whether it’s World Mental Health Day, or any other day during the year.

Jacqui Van Rossum, NELFT acting chief executive, said: “The last few years have had a huge impact on many people’s mental health, and so it’s important that we all look after each other and ourselves.

“My message to people is clear: your local NHS is open so please come forward and speak to your GP or refer yourself to one of our Talking Therapies programmes, or if you are in a crisis, call our 24/7 Mental Health Direct number on 0800 995 1000.”

NHS Talking Therapies services, also known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services, offer confidential treatments delivered by fully trained and accredited NHS practitioners for a number of common mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression.

You can refer yourself directly to an NHS Talking Therapies service without a referral from a GP by visiting www.talkingtherapies.nelft.nhs.uk, or a GP can refer you.

Dr Laura Fontaine, Clinical Lead for Havering Talking Therapies, said: “Over the course of time, from post-pandemic period up until now with the cost of living crisis we have seen a 5% increase in referrals each month, with many patients experiencing anxiety due to daily-life expenditures, social anxiety due to lengthy lockdown periods and worries for the future.

“Our Talking Therapies service has grown significantly and developed to meet demand, providing excellent recovery outcomes and patient-satisfaction at around 89%. Getting support as soon as you start having difficulties can help to reduce their impact and you don’t have to be diagnosed with a mental health problem to refer yourself to a Talking Therapies service – so if you are struggling, please reach out.’’

Those in a crisis can contact Mental Health Direct for free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for confidential mental health support and advice, available to anyone living in Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Essex, Kent & Medway. Call 0800 995 1000.

Those who just need to talk, any time of day or night can access free confidential listening services:

  • Call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans, or email: jo@samaritans.org for a reply within 24 hours
  • Text "SHOUT" to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text "YM" if you're under 19
  • If you're under 19, you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.