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31 May 2017

General Election 2017 – Questions to put to your candidates

At this General Election, it’s more important than ever that the voice of counselling and psychotherapy is heard loud and clear by decision makers.

You can find details of who is standing in your consistency on the Who can I vote for website.

Throughout the Election campaign, candidates will be talking to you on your doorsteps, in your streets or at hustings events in your constituency.

With your help, we can send every MP that is elected on 8 June back to Parliament with the message that counselling changes lives.

Here’s how you can help:

If you meet candidates over the election period, ask them: What would your party do to protect and increase access to counselling services? You may also want to follow this up with your own local and personal knowledge and experiences about mental health services in your area.

Other questions you may want to ask:

• Wales and Northern Ireland already have national strategies for school-based counselling yet the 10% of children with a mental health disorder here in England don’t. What would you/your party do to improve mental health services for children in England, including access to a counsellor in every secondary school?

• 85% of older people with depression receive no help from the NHS. What would you/your party do to tackle this huge injustice and increase access to talking therapies for older people?

• People offered a full choice of evidence-based talking therapies are five times more likely to report that therapy helped them back to work, yet over two thirds of people get no choice on the NHS. What will you/your party do to widen choice away from just cognitive-behavioural therapy and increase choice to talking therapies, such as counselling for depression, couples therapy and dynamic interpersonal psychotherapy on the NHS?

• Waiting times for talking therapies are often six months or longer, what will you/your party do to reduce the wait for psychological therapies on the NHS?

You may also like to visit Key Facts about Mental Health in the UK.

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