WARRINGTON has been ranked fifth in a national survey of the towns and cities which spend the most on mental health support.
The survey by health supplement suppliers Supplement Place, looks into counsellors and psychologists per population, mental health support spending, wait times and costs.
Warrington, with a total annual expenditure on mental health support of £10,124,000 comes fifth in the table, below Bristol, Leicester, Wirral and Blackpool.
Expenditure per person is £48.35 – compared with top-of-the-table Bristol, where it is £57.88.
Warrington’s spend is made up of £5,840,000 on the 18-64 age group and £4,284,000 on those aged 65 and over.
North West towns and cities ranked below Warrington include Blackburn with Darwen, Bury and Liverpool.
The report also reveals that nationally private counselling costs between £10 and £70 per session, that clinical or counselling psychologists cost between £120 and £180 per sessions, that 42 per cent of people wait up to three months for an initial mental health assessment and 10 per cent of people wait between 1-2 years for an initial mental health assessment.
It’s estimated that as many as one in four people experience a mental health problem of some kind each year, and more and more people are seeking help for issues such as anxiety, depression and disorders such as OCD and PTSD, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic, with the isolation and changes to everyday lives that everyone has had to endure.