Recent guidelines suggest that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has a pivotal role to play in the treatment of common mental health problems (CMHPs). There is a danger that we simply ask for ‘more of the same’ instead of looking at all the current limitations preventing individuals from accessing appropriate help. Doing this leads us to aim for a more radical and innovative approach to the CMHPs. This paper suggests that progress in primary care mental health has been much more limited than mental health workers and, in particular, researchers often acknowledge. It looks at the major obstacles barring the way to the development of services that could meet the needs of the very large number of people in our communities with CMHPs.
White, J. (2008), "CBT and the challenge of primary care: developing effective, efficient, equitable, acceptable and accessible services for common mental health problems", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 32-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/17465729200800006
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