Just under half (49.3 per cent) of those referrals finishing treatment for anxiety and depression in 2016-17 recovered, according to official statistics published by NHS Digital.
This is the highest rate of recovery since 2012-13 when figures were first recorded2.
Of the 525,000 referrals that finished treatment in the year having started as clinical cases of anxiety or depression3, 259,000 (49.3 per cent) recovered.
Psychological Therapies: Annual Report on the use of IAPT services, England, further analyses on 2016-17, examines activity, waiting times and outcomes for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.
It provides a very detailed breakdown by user and service type, including some new analysis on ethnicity.
The statistics reveal that there were 1,386,000 new referrals between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 with 965,000 entering treatment and 567,000 finishing a course of treatment.