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Tavistock Relationships supports campaign to highlight role of therapists in helping with COVID-19

Published in News on April 1st 2020

Tavistock Relationships is one of the main organisational backers of a campaign, launched last week by BACP, UKCP and BPC, calling on the Government to adopt three new policy proposals to deal with the challenges Covid-19 presents to the therapy profession and mental health of the public at large.

The aims focus on:

  • working to ensure there is a workforce to deliver a comprehensive mental health response to the crisis
  • tackling labour market barriers
  • signposting the public to the very best mental health support.

We have signed a letter written to the UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, and equivalent Health Ministers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to reaffirm the critical role counselling and psychotherapy needs to play in helping to support people through the crisis, and afterwards as part of the important effort to rebuild.

More than 5,000 people have backed the campaign urging the Government to maximise the role of counselling and psychotherapy in supporting the nation through the coronavirus crisis.

As well as ourselves, several professional bodies and membership groups are signatories, including the National Counselling Society (NCS), Cosca and Northern Ireland Counselling Forum, as well as the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the National Health Service (APP), WPF Therapy, the PPR, the Association of Christian Counsellors and Association of Child Psychotherapists.

The idea is to encourage all counsellors, service providers, third sector partners and members of the public to show support by signing our letter as well as sharing with colleagues, employers, family members and friends.

We hope this will encourage all the Governments across the UK to help maximise the role of counselling and psychotherapy in helping tackle the growing mental health needs and to help the nation respond through this challenging crisis.

The petition and campaign can be viewed here.

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