The government's talking therapies programme aims to treat an additional 900,000 people with common mental health problems by training 3,600 new therapists from 2008-11.
Other pledges include:-
- Having employment support workers linked to every talking therapy service.
- Having health advisers trained to spot people who might be experiencing depression as a result of economic problems available on a dedicated NHS Direct phone line.
Johnson also said primary care trusts would be encouraged to use up to £80m of savings made due to the temporary reduction in VAT from 17.5% to 15% this year to commission debt advice and family counselling services.
The added support was welcomed by mental health charity Mind and the NHS Confederation.
Mind's chief executive, Paul Farmer, said: "The recession is not just affecting people's bank balances; it is having a huge human cost too. Redundancy and money worries put strain on family relationships, cause sleepless nights, trigger stress and increase the risk of developing depression."