Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies, Richard Layard & David Clark – Book Review

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Book Review

Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies, Richard Layard & David Clark


Staggering statistics show how prevalent, yet untreated, mental illness is in this country. 1 in 6 adults suffer depression or an anxiety disorder. 1 in 10 children have a diagnosable mental disorder. A third of families include someone with mental illness. In rich countries, such as the UK, the World Health Organisation found that mental illness accounts for 40% of all illness.

In their new book, Layard and Clark present evidence of the cruel and devastating impact of mental illness – as many people die as a result of suicide as are murdered and killed in warfare combined. Of those who kill themselves, 90% are suffering from a mental disorder when they take their own lives.

These figures speak for themselves in showing anyone with access to them that mental illness is a huge issue facing our modern society. What is being done to alleviate this? Layard and Clark provide more statistics to answer: in Britain, only 31% of adults are being treated for mental illness (this is compared to 90% of diabetes sufferers in treatment). And for children, the figures are even worse. Why is there such a shortfall in necessary care? Layard and Clark provide the results from a survey taken by the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2010: when asked if GP’s were able to get patients into the psychological treatment they need within two months, 65% of GP’s responded that they could not access psychological services for adults, and 78% could not access psychological services for children. The conclusion is simple, then – there is not enough provision for psychological interventions in the NHS, and neither is enough funding made available for these treatments.

Evidence-based psychological therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), have been proven to have great success rates for mental disorders, and they are relatively inexpensive given the short treatment time required. Unfortunately, the lack of provision for them is overwhelming.

Layard and Clark lay out a clear plan of action – calling for greater interest and investment in the gaping hole within the healthcare sector – which, if heeded, would lead to brighter and more successful futures for all involved.


 

Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies, Richard Layard & David Clark

ISBN: 978-1-846-14605-3

Allan Lane

Available from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thrive-Power-Evidence-Based-Psychological-Therapies/dp/1846146054/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406629424&sr=1-1&keywords=thrive

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