A number of our patients are MSW (masters in social work) and some are doctorate level, treating patients weekly with talk therapy. While we have this available through insurance carriers, many people often find independent therapists who are more expensive however, if the relationship between the therapist and the patient does not work, the therapy often will fail as well.
Many in our society have never visited a therapist, and too often, as England realized, mental health problems are often poorly managed with medications, creating dependence and no improvement in the quality of their lives, since poor mental health will affect their physical health, their jobs and their relationships. with others.
England’s solution was to create clinics where people can visit to work out their problems. The program has succeeded beyond their wildest expectations, with waiting lists to get into their free mental health clinics.
While they are working on improving the availability of their free mental health clinics, which are sort of a primary care for your head, they have so far seen great results and are rolling out the program throughout Britain.
The NY Times recently reported on the program and can offer some ideas on how we can improve our mental healthcare system. Check it out here
England’s Mental Health Experiment: No-Cost Talk Therapy
By BENEDICT CAREYJULY 24, 2017
LONDON — England is in the midst of a unique national experiment, the world’s most ambitious effort to treat depression, anxiety and other common mental illnesses.
The rapidly growing initiative, which has gotten little publicity outside the country, offers virtually open-ended talk therapy free of charge at clinics throughout the country: in remote farming villages, industrial suburbs, isolated immigrant communities and high-end enclaves. The goal is to eventually create a system of primary care for mental health not just for England but for all of Britain.