You may remember that I am quite a fan of talking therapies.
So I was very heartened to read today that the government is going to make more money available to fund such therapy. Some people will still need medication and indeed it is often prescribed alongside the therapy. But I'm sure it will help many people to keep off drugs, which are currrently widely prescribed by GPs because they have few other options for people who do not have acute mental health problems. Only this morning a friend was telling me about someone who would not be considered an emergency case but would clearly benefit from some counselling or CBT. She was asking what the options were for finding help for this young adult.
Let's hope this promise is kept, because it can only be a Good Thing for 900,000 people.
Three notable things:
1. The post arrived today ( afer the Royal Mail strike)!
2. The post included a copy of Miranda July's short story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You which recently won the Frank O'Connor prize for short fiction, when one of my favourite short story writers, Alice Munro, didn't even get on the shortlist.
3. Both boys have a nasty cold. I am hoping not to catch it!