As the evidence for CBT as an effective treatment for common mental health problems grows in-line with waiting lists for receiving it, the Overcoming series launches a new range of publications to broaden access to CBT based self-help.
1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental illness at some point in their lives. With stigma high and early access to vital psychological therapies low, those diagnosed face an uncertain and frightening experience.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends assisted self-help based on a CBT model for common mental health problems such as anxiety, mild depression and bulimia. Evidence suggests that assisted self-help is potentially a cost-effective and acceptable intervention with potential for widespread use.
The highly regarded Overcoming series today launches its unique Introduction to Coping With series covering a range of common but disabling mental illnesses. The six easily digestible booklets provide a first step towards coping with common psychological and emotional problems by opening the door to CBT. Covering anxiety, depression, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic and phobias they are widely available directly to individual users or through practitioners.
Commenting on the Series, Jim Thomson, CEO of the Centre for Mental Health said,
“At last, a reliable, cheap way for people affected by highly stigmatised conditions to take the first step on the path to recovery. These booklets are invaluable and should be in every GP surgery, pharmacy and library.