New research and radio programme supports early intervention for mental health problems

New research from New Zealand says that people who 'cost' the state a lot in services as adults are already identifiable as toddlers, see: https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-guardian/20161213/281698319383105

ACP member, Judith Edwards says: "As child mental health specialists, we have known this for years, but hard evidence based research in New Zealand definitely underlines the case for early intervention. Providing specialist treatment such as psychoanalytic child psychotherapy for children and young people when they most need it, will save money in the longer run. With escalating mental issues among children causing considerable concern, along with stretched budgets, Edwards argues, "Maybe the two strands can join up at last."

On December 13th, Daniel Pick, psychoanalyst and historian, hosted a programme on BBC Radio 4 called 'Freud for our Times', and used a clip from Freud himself about how 'the struggle is not yet over'. "What was excellent about this programme", says Edwards, "was that Daniel's guests (David Taylor, Margaret Rustin, Fakhry Davids and Stephen Frosh) did not talk down CBT which as an approach, can be seen as a good 'quick fix', but advocated for the importance of slow thinking, something which still produces longer-lasting results. As Margaret Rustin said of the depression study with children, they did "spectacularly well" compared to those who had no treatment, or other psychological treatments apart from psychodynamic work. There was also talk about the important issue of denial. Edwards adds, "turning a blind eye is often much more comfortable than moving towards acknowledgement and ultimately reparation." She quotes Fakry Davids who said, "Freud speaks to the important contemporary issue of hate crime." Also discussed on the programme was racism and new barriers or walls between peoples which feature in the news almost daily and how many of us all still draw creatively on Freud although we adapt his ideas to suit our 'modern times', and the unconscious resonates within us all.

You can find out about and listen to the programme here