mental illness - kidsThere is a strong link between deprivation and the likelihood of recovering from anxiety and depression, according to official statistics published today.

The report, Psychological Therapies: Annual Report on the use of IAPT services, 2015-16, published by NHS Digital, examines activity, waiting times and outcomes for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme run by the NHS in England.

It found a strong relationship between deprivation levels and whether patients recover from mental illness after talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling and peer support. 

More than 200,000 referrals were received from the most deprived 10% of areas, compared with under 92,000 from the least deprived areas. While 55% of patients from the least-deprived areas recovered, only 35% of those in the most deprived areas did so.

The report also found recovery rates differed with gender and ethnicity. Recovery rates were higher among white ethnicities compared to all other ethnicities. White Irish females had the highest recovery rate (50.5%). The lowest recovery rate was for Asian or Asian British Pakistani males (33.5%). The overall national recovery rate was 46.3%; slightly higher than the rate in 2014-15 (44.8%).

The report also flags up data for ex-British Armed Forces personnel and their dependents. In 2015-16, the recovery rate for patients who were former services personnel or their dependents was 48.6%. This is slightly higher than the equivalent rate reported in 2014-15 (47.1%). 

Between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016 there were 1,399,088 new referrals for treatment, with 953,522 referrals entering treatment. Of the referrals that finished a course of treatment in 2015-16, 81.3% waited less than 6 weeks and 96.2% waited less than 18 weeks for their first treatment.

The report can be downloaded from https://digital.nhs.uk/pubs/psycther1516