Older people's mental health is a strategic priority for BACP. We’re committed to exploring ways to increase the availability and provision of counselling for older people.

Why are we doing this project?

There’s little provision of counselling in care homes, despite high rates of depression and antidepressant prescribing for residents and high turnover and low morale of staff. After in-depth consultation with care home managers, care teams and counsellors, we’ve developed a service delivery model that we want to evaluate.

What are we trying to find out?

We’re aiming to provide proof of concept of how counselling could be implemented within care homes. We want the findings from this study to inform a larger externally-funded project in collaboration with academic institutions, which would enable us to gather robust evidence around the potential impact of counselling in improving quality of life and wellbeing for care home residents and staff.

What are we doing?

The project begins in February 2020 and runs for 12 months. There will be two main activities:

  • introducing counselling support to residents and staff in care homes
  • researching and evaluating the usefulness and fit of counselling in care homes

If you’d like more information about this project, please email research@bacp.co.uk