Cost of living: Brits cancel therapy appointments because mental health care is considered a ‘luxury’ | UK | News

Abbey Robb, an integrative therapist, told Express.co.uk that she has recently had a number of new clients who are struggling with the stress caused by the rising cost of living.

However, Ms. Robb said that many of these clients call to cancel their appointments, as the cost of the appointments further adds to their stress.

She said, “I get a lot of phone calls from people who I can tell they really need help and resources, but then they realize ‘oh, okay, no, that’s not affordable.'”

Although it is possible to receive free therapy on the NHS, there are long waiting times, with patients having to wait months for appointments.

The heads of the NHS Confederation and the Royal College of Psychiatrists told The Guardian that there are around 1.6 million people in the UK awaiting specialist treatment and a further eight million who would benefit from treatment but whose conditions remain unresolved. they consider serious enough to continue. the waiting list

Rose told Express.co.uk paying for therapy is a “luxury” she can’t afford.

She said: “It’s really not something I can afford. It’s like a luxury and personally it’s not really a luxury I want to spend my money on. It’s very expensive, especially if you want to see someone in person now.”

Rose said she is on a waiting list for NHS group therapy but was told she may not get an appointment until August.

A study of 1,000 young people aged 18 to 25 conducted by Quizlet in April 2022 found that more than a third (35 percent) of those surveyed stated that the reason they had not sought professional mental health support was the cost of receive this help.

The study also found that having free access to mental health screening and therapy was identified by respondents as the most useful tool for managing mental health in a post-pandemic world.

Ms. Robb went on to say that the rising cost of living is also affecting her regular customers.

She said: “My long-term clients are now starting to space their appointments a bit more.

He added, “I also get a lot of phone calls from people asking if I offer discounts.”

Ms. Robb said she doesn’t feel good about not being able to help those in need.

She said: “I offer discounts and I see people for free. I just can’t afford to do that for everyone.”

Ms. Robb added that the decline in clients has had an impact on her revenue.

She said, “I’m still lucky enough to be able to make ends meet, but if it continues like this, who knows?”

The therapist added that she noticed a similar influx of new people seeking help during the pandemic.

She said: “At the beginning of the pandemic, everyone panicked. And this is the beginning of this new cycle of tension that is coming.

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“I think people suddenly feel more tense and are struggling to cope.

“Over time, they will adjust and things will settle down a bit.

“But right now, I think there are a lot of people who are really sorry.”

Ms. Robb shared a message for those whose mental health has been affected by the rising cost of living.

She said: “It’s not uncommon to feel stressed when a situation changes. It’s okay to have a period of time where you think, oh my gosh, I don’t know if I can deal with this. And to understand that, it is very likely to happen.

“People are more resilient than they think.”

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