One in four of us will have some sort of mental health problem in our lifetime and many do not access help. This means there are millions of people in Britain who are either having problems themselves, or know someone else who is experiencing them. These conditions, which range from very mild to quite severe, can occur at any age and many people have to cope with a mixture of problems. It is very common, for example, to experience both depression and anxiety.
Evidence shows that talking therapies are effective, either on their own or in combination with anti-depressant medication. They enable people to understand their difficulties and learn to treat themselves, which can help prevent problems returning.
The service follows guidance and uses evidence based psychological treatments as recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).