Mental health problems are a major concern in present times. According to available statistics, one in four people develops mental health issues each year. NHS trusts are trying to address this problem through various initiatives.
Clapham-based The Awareness Centre (TAC) has been awarded an NHS contract to offer counselling services and psychotherapy. The period of the contract is three years. TAC will be offering counselling services to people who are suffering from a wide range mental health issues, including stress and depression. The current statistics reveal that 2.6 out of 100 people experience depression, 4.7 out of 100 experience anxiety, and 1.2 in 100 experience panic disorder.
The decision to outsource the contract to a medical contractor was taken by the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust. It is part of a bigger programme that the trust calls Talk Wandsworth. TAC will be collaborating with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies to offer talking therapy to patients on behalf of the Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group.
TAC’s contract period will begin in April 2017, and will see the medical contractor lend support to patients in Wandsworth and Clapham with mental health problems. The talking therapy and counselling sessions will be offered through GP surgeries.
It is estimated that about 25,000 people living in Clapham and Wandsworth will benefit from this service. These residents are believed to be suffering from anxiety, depression and stress. They will be able to choose between male and female therapists who can speak a wide range of languages to ensure that patients feel comfortable and can communicate with the therapists seamlessly.
TAC Managing Director Michaela McCarthy stated that the organisation was proud and delighted to win the NHS contract. Getting the contract was evidence that TAC’s NHS counselling service model is effective and successful.