When the horseless carriage (car) was invented it looked just like a horse drawn carriage but without a horse. The inventors used design and thinking principles from the 19th Century as they ushered in the age of the automobile in the 20th Century. Now the government are using 20th Century thinking as they flounder to solve the problems of mental health in the 21st Century.
Many mental health problems are treatable by the individuals concerned using a more intelligent Self Help Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Self help CBT) approach. The problem is that people do not know this. Self Help CBT is clinically effective, cost effective and empowering for the individual. And yet...where is it promoted? No where! The Guardian, today published an article on a report by Mind that stated 65% of adult participants with a pre-existing mental health problem said it had become worse during lock down. With younger people affected more and women more affected than men.
The centre for mental health predicted 500,000 more people will need mental health support because of Covid-19.
The usual response is to train more therapists and to prescribe more medications. But suppose instead of these 20th Century solutions we actually recognised that a simple clinically effective solution already exists in the form of Self Help Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Let us work to make it more accessible and easy to access and actually promote the fact that people can help themselves when they are equipped with the tools and resources to do it.
In an attempt to continue to promote Self Help CBT Dr Purves has created:-
A full program is Self Help CBT for NHS staff. It is free for the NHS forever.
A huge library of Self Help CBT resources for teens and university students.
Free for the first 2 months and then only 0.50p per day.
The largest library of Self help CBT tools and resources in the world. Easy to access, affordable and using the clinically effective CBT strategy.
Help Me to empower people to stop outsourcing their mental health and look after it themselves. Change the world one unnecessary mental health problem at a time.
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