Covid-19 Campaign: Contact your MP
 

Your continued support of our campaign to maximise the role of counselling and psychotherapy in tackling the mental health consequences of Covid-19 is vital. You can continue to demonstrate your support by using our simple tool to contact your local MPs, MSPs, AMs and MLAs with our key campaign asks.

What will my letter say?

Your letter will show support for our two practical actions that all Governments across the UK could take right now to help mobilise the counselling and psychotherapy workforce to tackle growing need.

There is also a space for you to include your local experience on the impact Covid-19 has had on you, your clients and your practice - your local perspective is crucial for engaging your local representatives and combined with our national campaign asks we can collectively demonstrate strong support for counselling and psychotherapy and the postive impact they can have on the nations mental health during this critical time.

The letter will require you to fill in this section and it can be found in the blank space after the first paragraph.

 

We are calling on all Governments across the UK to:

1. Work with BACP to develop a clear action plan to deliver a comprehensive mental health response to the Covid-19 crisis with appropriate resource targeted at those communities and people most affected by the disease. Support needs to be as easy to access as possible.

2. Tackle labour market barriers to enable therapists to tackle growing need, through improved business support, grant to help more therapists move to online working, and to ensure continuity of support, especially for vulnerable people.

What should I include in my letter?

When adding in your own experiences of the impact that Covid-19 has had on you and your clients you may want to consider some of the following points:

- Brief overview of what your role usually involves and how has that changed due to Covid-19

- How has the pandemic impacted your clients

- The impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of the local population

- Any concerns you may have for the future of mental health services locally, particularly for clients, yourself and your service or business

Background to our campaign (click for more information)

We are urging the four Governments of the UK to consider the following urgent proposals, designed to support their wider aims in steering the nation through these most difficult challenges.

1. Work with us to develop a clear action plan to deliver a comprehensive mental health response to the Covid-19 crisis
Appropriate resource must be earmarked for counselling and psychotherapy, particularly to provide therapeutic support for bereavement, to those who have experienced domestic abuse, to vulnerable children and older people, to support relationships and to those in financial difficulties. This should be informed by evidence to ensure resource can be targeted at those communities and people most affected by the disease, especially for BME communities, families in deprived areas and frontline workers who have no access to mental health support through their employer.

2. Tackle labour market barriers
Many counsellors and psychotherapists are self-employed and can only work to support others if they themselves are supported. We urge the government to maintain provision of support for self-employed people for as long as there are some social distancing guidelines in force, and we call on the government to provide stronger support for the newly self-employed. We would also welcome the establishment of a business transformation grant to help ease the financial burden of moving from face-to-face to online working, and to ensure continuity of support, especially for vulnerable people.

3. Signposting the public to the very best mental health support
We are keen to partner with Government and others in the mental health sector on a high-profile campaign to ensure that key workers and members of the public are supported to access qualified therapists. Making it as easy as possible for people to easily find the support they need in one place. This must be appropriately targeted to support those communities and people with the greatest need.

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