The professional Standards Authority have released a statement in support of Time to Talk day, which took place last week (4th February 2016).

The Professional Standards Authority highlight the importance of choosing someone who is either on an Accredited Register or is a regulated health professional.

"The Professional Standards Authority’s Accredited Registers programme welcomes national initiatives like Time to Talk Day, organized by the mental health anti-stigma campaign Time to Change.

The campaign aims to promote public engagement on the subject with a view to ending the discrimination or stigmatisation of people with mental health problems, as well as providing support for those seeking help.

Christine Braithwaite, the Authority’s Director of Standards and Policy said, ‘It is important that people who need support are able to access counselling and psychotherapy services from people they can trust to be competent and safe. We recommend choosing someone who is either a regulated health professional or is on an Accredited Register.’

Our Accredited Registers programme was set up to help protect the public. We set standards for, and accredit registers for people in health and care occupations that are not regulated by law, such as counselling and psychotherapy.

Anyone employing, recommending or using a practitioner can now choose one from a register that has been vetted by the Professional Standards Authority – and it is important that they do so.

Many of the counsellors and psychotherapists on Accredited Registers work in roles supporting frontline NHS staff in England in implementing NICE guidelines for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.

To find out more, visit www.professionalstandards.org.uk/accredited-registers/find a register."

The National Counselling Society hold an Accredited Register - you can search for a counsellor here: http://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/counsellors/

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