UK mental health services not coping with demand, says new research
The UK EAPA agrees with the importance of highlighting the latest findings from the ‘We Need to Talk’ that indicates how mental health services in the UK are not coping with current demand.
Findings from the Coalition’s report highlight that one in ten people are waiting a year between referral and assessment to psychological services and over 40% are waiting more than three months.
In light of the findings, it’s important to emphasise the role of Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) when it comes to supporting employees who need psychological support.
“EAPs are a strategic tool that organisations can use to promote and protect the mental health of their employees. Managers are encouraged to intervene early to support employees with issues that are affecting their attendance, performance and productivity in the workplace,” says Claire Neal, Secretary of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association.
“With nearly half the working population (47%) having access to an EAP, according to latest UK EAPA research, it’s important to consider the role that counselling and therapeutic services available through EAPs can play to take some of the strain that’s clearly being felt by patients and practitioners. In fact, an employee seeking counselling through their EAP will receive a clinical assessment and, where appropriate, can receive their first counselling session within three working days,” she adds.