Funded Access to Therapy for the Unemployed

by Mark Golding in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Funded Access to Therapy for the Unemployed
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On 12th January 2018 we successfully raised £210 with 3 supporters in 56 days

Increase access to therapy for unemployed sufferers of GAD and Depression, develop local support groups and online befriending platform

by Mark Golding in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

The objectives of Lorem House are to provide increased access to therapies for unemployed clients who are suffering with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and/or Depression, raise awareness of these disorders, specifically within the DWP, to develop local support groups and develop befriending facilities.

Lorem House is Not for Profit. Registration Number: 11008007

We are looking to raise funds which will be put toward the development of an online platform and its initial marketing.

Mark Golding talks about Lorem House C.I.C


It has been shown that unemployed individuals are more likely to suffer with GAD and/or depression, which makes finding employment much more difficult. Our research has found that sufferers are still not being recognised or adequately referred to treatments and when they are referred to talk therapy they are put onto long waiting lists when it is now that they need treatments. 

The current service, Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies are overstretched and on average clients only receive 3 face to face sessions which costs the taxpayer £559... We propose to offer 10 sessions including the clients travel expenses for the same cost and show that the therapeutic relationship is crucial to a positive treatment outcome.

So, we are setting up an online directory of BACP and UKCP registered therapists nationwide. This directory will be optimised with all therapists details, videos and articles and therapists will receive paying clients as with a regular online directory.

However, the difference with Lorem house is that it is not for profit, our goal is not for personal gain but to support unemployed sufferers with GAD and depression back into good mental health and ultimately employment. This means that members of our directory will also receive funded clients and that these clients will receive the proven benefit of a therapeutic relationship.

 This will be achieved through:

  • Offering easy and quick access to therapy through our online network of qualified therapists
  • Promoting peer support/befriending through our online platform
  • Developing local support groups*
  • Raising funds
  • Developing a pilot study to show cost effectiveness and positive treatment outcomes**
  • Networking and collaborating with other charitable and government organisations
  • Increasing awareness of GAD and depression within the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Listening to our member thereapists and working together to optimise objectives
  • By encouraging the therapeutic relationship back into therapy for vulnerable individuals

* Local support groups.

Lorem House will be in contact with clients past and present in order to develop local support groups. Groups will benefit from peer interactions, with those who have been through or are still going through similar crisis. The groups could share their experiences, information on jobs and invite guest therapists.

**Lorem House Pilot Study

The governments Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies services included an evaluation framework which is collected at each contact with the client. Lorem House would adopt a similar strategy so that IAPT treatment outcome research can be replicated and compared. The same will apply for the cost-effectiveness of our approach. Nottingham University has shown an interest in being involved and this and other avenues will be explored fully once the platform has been developed. This data will be invaluable for future funding.

Please register with Lorem House

We invite you to become a member of this new initiative...

Lorem House is looking for BACP or UKCP registered therapists to join our cause to help these vulnerable people. Please see rewards for discounted memberships. Members will receive; funded clients, paying clients, regular updates, invites to meetings, quarterly accounts, be involved in a good cause and more... (See: 'More information for therapists' below).

We would only require that you are BACP or UKCP registered and that you  have experience in working with GAD/depression. We will ask for reduced  rates for our funded clients however this will be optional.

Thank you very much for your interest in this project, we are passionate about this cause and firmly believe... "Great oaks from little acorns grow"

Mark Golding

Please read on for more information or you can call Mark direct on 07425 231417

A Few Salient Facts...

Results from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) (2014) found that employment status is linked to mental health outcomes, with those who are unemployed or economically inactive having higher rates of common mental health problems than those who are employed (1). Indeed, among people receiving Employment and Support Allowance two thirds report common mental health problems and the same percentage report suicidal thoughts, with 43.2% having made a suicide attempt and one third (33.5%) self-harming, indicating that this is a population in great need of targeted support'. (2)

In 2013 the Chief Medical Officer’s report estimated that the wider costs of mental health problems to the UK economy are £70–100 billion per year – 4.5% of GDP.

Professor Richard Layard (Centre for Economic Performance) has shown that the average for someone on Benefits costs the UK £750 a month in benefits and lost taxes. If the person works just a month more as a result of talk therapy, then the treatment has already paid for itself. His finding prompted Central Government to developed a new mental health service called Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). According to data from 2014-15; only about one in five people who undergo treatments with IAPT enjoy a reliable recovery, and about 40% of those who start courses drop out'. (3)

Mukuria et al (2013) conducted a study looking into the cost-effectiveness of IAPT. They found: 'Based on total costs and contact time in the IAPT service, average cost per minute over the 2 years was £4.33. The average contact time per patient that was seen was 129 min over an average of 3 sessions, giving an average cost per patient of £559. (4)

Lorem House can make an approximate calculation as to the cost per minute for treatments using its online platform. At an average cost of £45 per hour and with travelling expenses at £5 per treatment this would be approximately £0.83 pence per minute. This means that we would be able to offer clients approximately 11 face to face treatments for the same price as 3 treatments with IAPT.

IAPT are of course making positive steps toward the treatment of mental health within the UK and it's the intension of Lorem House to complement their services. By treating unemployed GAD and Depression suferers, Lorem House intends to; lessen the workload of the IAPT, treat and support unemployed sufferers of GAD and/or depression, reduce unemployment and give us a new approach to these issues. Clients who approach Lorem House but do not fit the criteria for funding will be referred to IAPT.

Lorem House Market Research Shows...

Although the DWP are doing a good job in supporting people back into work, my research has shown that DWP work coaches are not trained in relating to claimants with depression and GAD. However they are aware that there is a problem and fully support the Lorem House objectives. Most surprisingly work coaches still refer sufferers to their GP. This costs extra money, takes up GP consultation time and gives a further chance for the sufferer to be prescribed pharmaceuticals which are costly and, if they work, do not have the lasting effects required.

The market research has indicated that therapists would be happy to pay an annual membership fee to register with Lorem House and support this good cause. They report that they believe that the system is still not performing adequately to support mental health issues within our society and they would be happy to support this new approach for the unemployed.


Funding for running the company and awareness campaigns will come from money raised through therapist membership fees and fund raising campaigns. Further funds for free therapy and support group development will come from; funding applications to social funding trusts and enterprise schemes, Community Council grants, the Department of  Work and Pensions, NHS, Department of Health, Central Government, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), charitable organisations and fund raising campaigns.


Mental health and unemployment is a big issue which still needs addressing. The longer that someone is unemployed the more they may feel excluded from society. And when you include debt and other financial difficulties then it is not surprising that this would increasingly exasperate levels of GAD and depression.

Central Governments Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)  initiative is making headway to resolve the issues within mental health treatments in general, but the issues still needs further exposure/support  and not least within unemployment.

Lorem House online platform will reduce the need for clients to visit their GP and, via their Jobcentre Plus, charitable organisations, BACP/UKCP and local therapists, will be given direct access to therapies. We will be utilising the therapists expertise to assess the client's requirements and with the majority of the administration process being automated through the online platform Lorem House will reduce overheads.

With your support Lorem House will help to address the above issues. We would only require that you are BACP or UKCP registered and that you have experience in working with GAD/depression. We will ask for reduced rates for our funded clients however this will be optional.

Thank you very much for your interest in this project.

We are passionate about this project and firmly believe... "Great oaks from little acorns grow"


More information for therapists

If you would like to join our cause you will receive these benefits:

Paid online directory listing (Usual price of £50 per year, See Rewards for discounts)

  • Having funded and paying clients directed to your practice
  • Be able to refer eligible clients for funding
  • Being associated with a Not For Profit company and support a good cause
  • A designed 'Lorem House Logo'. You can use this within your own website or social media which will link your clients to the Lorem House directory so as to apply for funded therapy for anxiety and depression
  • Receive monthly emailed updates on aims, achievements and company accounts
  • Invitation to annual general meetings to discuss company objectives, therapies and achievements
  • Be able to suggest your ideas, objectives etc
  • A web page within the Lorem House site which will be automatically optimised to the key words of your choosing
  • Your own administration login
  • Be able to upload images and video
  • Have a link to your website and social media from the Lorem House website which improves your Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)




(1) Stansfeld, S., Clark, C., Bebbington, P., King, M., Jenkins, R., & Hinchliffe, S. (2016). Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014. Leeds:

(2) Mental Health Foundation. (2016). Fundamental Facts About Mental Health 2016. Mental Health Foundation: London

(3) Psychological Therapies; Annual Report on the use of IAPT services: England 2014/15

(4) Mukuria C, Brazier J, Barkham M, Connell J, Hardy G, Hutten R, et al. Cost-effectiveness of an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service. Br J Psychiatry 2013; 202: 220–7.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

1 year full membership to the Lorem House online directory (You will need to be a member of the BACP or UKCP)

£60 or more

£60 Reward

2 years full membership to the Lorem House online directory (You will need to be a member of the BACP or UKCP)

£100 or more

£100 Reward

5 years full membership to the Lorem House online directory (You will need to be a member of the BACP or UKCP)

£150 or more

£150 Reward

Lifetime full membership to the Lorem House online directory (You will need to be a member of the BACP or UKCP)

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