Watchdog calls for more talking therapy access

The Healthcare Commission has urged specialist community mental health services to improve access to talking therapies, out-of-hours crisis care and information for people who use services.

Publishing its first national review of adult community mental health services last week, the commission praised services for generally performing well but added that long-standing problems remained. It is estimated that one in six adults in the UK is affected by mental distress.  

Community mental health services are planned by local implementation teams, which include NHS organisations, local authorities, voluntary and independent-sector organisations.

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