If you are in urgent need and can't get hold of me there are organisations who are able to offer support 24 hours a day.
If you feel you cannot keep yourself safe, your local A & E department can offer emergency assistance. The nearest A&E departments are:
Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Rd, Reading RG1 5AN, Tel: 0118 322 5111
Frimley Park Hospital, Portsmouth Rd, Frimley, Camberley GU16 7UJ, Tel: 01276 604604
Wexham Park Hospital, Wexham St, Slough SL2 4HL, Tel: 01753 633000
In addition to counselling, support groups can often be helpful to many people.
In addition to counselling, many people find having a mentor or the support of other addicts very beneficial. this includes a few of the organisations available.
Self care is a really important aspect of our emotional well being, but it is not something everyone finds easy to do. In the rush of a stressful life, taking care of ourselves often falls off the agenda.
Self care will look different to different people, it could involve taking time for a soothing cup of tea, a relaxing bath or a walk in the sunshine. It may help to join a gym or have a massage. Seeing a friend or joining an activity you enjoy could make all the difference. It doesn't matter how you look after yourself, it just matters that you do.
Mental Health Awareness
We all struggle with mental health and well being issues at some stage in our lives, yet many people do nothing about it. Anxiety and depression are the two most frequent difficulties people are living with, but the range of mental health issues is as broad as physical health problems. Talking to a counsellor about how you feel is just one example of psychological first aid. If you are suffering, perhaps it's time to take that step towards the health you deserve.
November 14th - 20th was Anti-Bullying week. As many as 1 in 2 people are bullied at some time, but it is thought up to 70% never report it. Those people who have experienced bullying will know the lasting damage it can do. Anti-Bullying week aims to break the barriers and support those affected in feeling less isolated and better able to seek help.
People who have been or are being bullied often struggle with a range of difficult feelings including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self harming and suicidal thoughts. You do not have to struggle alone, working through these feelings with a counsellor can help you to build your confidence and develop tools to support you.
Click here for more information and advice for victims of bullying, parents, teachers and employers.
Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week
1st - 7th May was Maternal Mental Health Week. Click here for more information, support and advice.
1 in 7 families are affected by post natal depression.
1 in 7 couples struggle to conceive and require, often invasive, and possibly unsuccessful, fertility treatment .
1 in 5 babies are lost in the first 24 weeks of pregnancy and a further 3,600 are still born in the UK each year. This represents a huge amount of bereavement, loss, grief, and trauma.
Mum's are not the only ones to suffer, remember fathers feel too and being the child of a parent suffering with depression, anxiety, trauma or bereavement can also have life-long implications.
You don't have to suffer alone, counselling can help.