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SANE comment on the BBC investigation that has found growing delays in beginning treatment on the IAPT programme
Added: 5th Dec 2019

Please find below comment from Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, on the BBC investigation that has found growing delays in beginning psychological treatment on the IAPT programme:

“These hidden waits are deeply concerning, as there is little worse than a long delay to treatment when you have been led to believe help is coming. We fear these delays may leave some people more at risk than they were before.

“SANE’s own experience is that during the period the person is being assessed as needing help, their expectations are raised, only to be disappointed and lose faith that help is there. If that critical window passes by, then it may be too late.

“This investigation also gives the lie to current waiting time figures being a mark of success. We know that many people are simply giving up on treatment, or deteriorating further while waiting for treatment to commence. Such experiences may trigger a patient into self-harm, or increase the risk they become suicidal.”

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