What is Talk for Health?
Talk for Health is a Social Enterprise making therapeutic talk accessible to all. Our method is innovative and highly effective. We teach lay people to give and receive effective support in structured community peer counselling groups.
The Talk for Health group peer counselling method has been shown to be as effective as therapy, with longer lasting results, and we also improve community cohesion. We have been delivering our programme since 2008, and NHS-commissioned as a North London service since 2014.
Why is Talk for Health needed?
One in four UK citizens will experience mental illness in every year, yet 75% of them won’t get any treatment (Mental Health Foundation, 2015). Only 16 % of them get NHS talking therapy (NHS Digital 2017).
Most sufferers will get pills, a solution increasingly understood to be flawed (Uber, Rudolf et al 2016). One in six UK adults is on anti-depressants (The Guardian, August 2018).
The World Health Organisation and United Nations are calling for radical changes in approach:
“Excessive use of medications causes more harm than good. Psychosocial interventions, not medications, should be the first-line treatment options” (United Nations,2017)
T4H offers a solution that could solve these problems across the UK and beyond. We currently operate mainly in Islington, funded by Islington NHS for the last 5 years, and we are gradually increasing our reach. You can help us grow, and enable a mentally healthier UK!
Talk for Health offers:
All of this is free at is fully funded by NHS Islington and other grantmaking bodies.