Talking therapies

Increasing access to effective talking therapies.

Talking therapies help people to understand and make changes to their thinking, behaviour and relationships in order to relieve distress and improve wellbeing.

Let’s get talking is a set of tools to support primary and secondary health services deliver effective talking therapies. Services can use the Let’s get talking toolkit to help determine what talking therapies are best for their communities, and the skills and knowledge needed to deliver and evaluate them. 

The tools promote:

  • easier and fair access to therapies, particularly for high need populations and different cultural groups
  • efficiently delivering therapies using a stepped care approach to meet people's needs 
  • effectively practising evidence-based therapies 
  • evaluating therapy interventions to support effective outcomes
  • optimising a skilled workforce mix. 

A bit more about talking therapies

Talking therapies, often called psychological therapies, have a strong international evidence base for improving mental health and addiction outcomes (NZGG, 2008; NICE, 2009; NHS Scotland, 2011). In Rising to the Challengeservices are encouraged to introduce a stepped-care approach to meeting mental health and addiction needs.  

A stepped care approach aims to match the right type and level of therapy to a person, to help them achieve the best health gain and a positive outcome. It aims to optimise the effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness, of therapy through a systematic approach to meet the health and cultural needs of a person. Find out more about a stepped care approach to talking therapies here.