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While the prevalence of mental health problems in the UK is increasingly acknowledged, the role which relationship difficulties can play is under-acknowledged. And yet, according to a study of 5,000 adults published recently (Teo, 2013), lack of support – especially in couple relationships – is a risk factor for developing depression later, with one in seven adults with the lowest-quality relationships developing depression. In order to address this issue, this meeting of the APPG looked at the links between couple relationship quality and mental health (and, in particular, depression). 

Presentations by Professor Brett Kahr (past Chair of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors), Professor Julian Leff (Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry and lead researcher on The London Depression Intervention Trial, a randomised controlled trial of antidepressants versus couple therapy) and Jeremy Clarke (IAPT Professional Lead (until 2013), Clinical Lead - NHS National Audit, Co-chair - DWP Work Programme and Mental Health) were followed by a discussion of the issues raised.

Presentation by Professor Brett Kahr

Presentation by Professor Julian Leff

Presentation by Jeremy Clarke