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Free Talk Therapy in England Has Pros and Cons

Twelve years ago, David Clark, a professor of psychology at Oxford University in England, and Richard Layard, an economist and member of the House of Lords, came up with an unprecedented idea: providing free talk therapy to citizens struggling with their mental health. Three years later, in 2008, this idea was realized. With 40 million dollars funding it, the program set up 35 clinics across England, and trained 1,000 mental health professionals. Since then, the program has expanded even further, with a budget of 500 million dollars. Today, this program provides “virtually open-ended talk therapy free of charge at clinics throughout the country: in remote farming...