The Priory Group, the UK’s largest independent provider of mental health services, has launched its first therapy clinic in London’s financial district.
- · 15.2m working days lost to stress or depression in Great Britain in 2013/4
- · More than 3.5m days were lost in London and the South East alone
- · Average of 23 days are taken off per case of stress, depression or anxiety. The main causes are work pressures, bullying and staff shortages
- · Jobs in financial services are 44% more likely to lead to stress-related illnesses than the average UK job
Priory Wellbeing Centres are a new initiative by Priory Group to provide greater access to treatments for anxiety, stress, depression and addictions.
The Priory Wellbeing Centre in Fenchurch Street comes in response to a growing demand by employees and large UK corporates for more – and better - mental health services in the heart of the capital.
The clinic will employ more than 15 consultant psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists who have expertise in treating a wide variety of conditions.
It will offer treatment and flexibility that suits busy people and such clinics could be extended to other parts of the UK in the future.
Tom Riall, Chief Executive of the Priory Group, said: “Mental illness is one of the scourges of modern society, and too many people suffer in silence because of the taboo that is still associated with such a condition.
“There is significant – and growing – unmet demand for mental health services in the City due to the fast paced and high pressure environment. We are offering a confidential and discreet service where busy people can get an appointment quickly and at a time to suit them.
“Stress, anxiety and depression in the workplace are not new issues in the City, but they are on the rise. Serious mental health issues lead to staff taking time off work, lower productivity, and often more serious problems later on. We want to treat these conditions early so people can be helped before their condition deteriorates.”
Conservative MP and mental health campaigner Charles Walker said: “Despite the welcome progress in tackling stigma, mental illness is still seen in too many quarters as something that polite company doesn't really want to talk about, or get close to.
"It's still perhaps seen as a weakness, the sort of 'pull yourself together' mentality, but it's not a weakness. For too long, mental health has been a poor relation of healthcare, but there is a genuine appetite for change.”
Walker added: “People with mental health problems often fly under the radar of doctors and mental health professionals, but even if you're able to work, and fulfil family responsibilities, mental health problems can have serious consequences. No one should suffer in silence.”