Monday, November 23, 2009

NHS to offer free marriage counselling

There are plans for the NHS (National Health Service) to offer marriage counselling for free if their relationship problems are causing depression. I can understand treating depression on the NHS but marriage counselling? The NHS is struggling financially and has to ration drugs and treatments so how on earth can this kind of expense be justified? Isn't this kind of service better suited to the counselling service Relate? What do you think? Should marriage counselling be offered on the NHS? (link via


  1. It could be a good idea Maureen, as the waiting lists for Relate councellors can be long - there aren't enough of them. It might be a case of providing resources early on to save on expensive drugs/treatment further down the line when people are in deeper crisis.
    Good luck with the petition by the way.

  2. It's a shame if there's a long wait to see Relate councellors and I can see your point. I still think the NHS is struggling enough as it is though, without adding marriage counselling to its services.

    Thanks for wishing me luck with the petition!

  3. No I don't think that it should at the present time!
    As you say the NHS has enough funding problems as it is, which will get far worse over the next few years. That will cause enough problems without adding to them. Flighty xx

  4. Exactly. The NHS should not have to provide a service like marriage counselling when it is already struggling financially.