People get sick while they're waitingBy Lise Birk Kristensen
Across the country, young and old alike are queuing up to see a psychologist. But waiting times have never been longer. As a result, many people risk having to wait several weeks for help.
The Danish Psychological Association has carried out a study examining waiting times among psychologists working on the outpatient basis. The study shows that Danes are waiting a record time for treatment. You can read about the study here.
In fact, citizens have to wait an average of 16.2 weeks to see a psychologist. For young people aged 18-21, the average wait is 14.6 weeks to get help. The survey also revealed that waiting times for psychological treatment in some Danish regions were over 20 weeks.
The record waiting times reveal that the number of outpatient numbers and psychologists is worryingly low compared to the increasing demand, which can lead to deterioration in the mental and physical health of vulnerable citizens.
The National Health Service states that people who have low levels of mental health over a long period of time are at higher risk of developing somatic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, and mental illnesses, such as stress, depression and anxiety.
The long waiting times put a lot of pressure on psychologists, municipalities and society. Therefore, solutions are needed today that can help relieve the burden on psychologists and provide faster help that promotes the mental health of citizens and prevents the development of mental disorders.