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27th January 2020 

Emergency Support

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.

  • The Samaritans offers support by phone or email 24 hours a day 365 days a year

  • 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

    Support Groups

    In addition to counselling, support groups can often be helpful to many people.

  • Adoption UK gives advice and support to current or potential adoptive families.

  • SOBS provides support to those who have been bereaved by suicide. The local support group is held in Wokingham, other locations are available on the main website.

  • Friends In Need offers peer support in friendly, local groups, for people living with depression.

  • Sands offer information about coping with the loss of a baby or finding a support group with other bereaved parents.

  • Grief Encounter offer support to children and young people who have been bereaved.

  • Addiction Support

    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.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous provides support to those trying to stop drinking.

  • Al Anon provides support to family members who are affected by others drinking.

  • FRANK is a helpline for those concerned about drug use.

  • Gamblers Anonymous offers support to people struggling with gambling addiction.

  • Specialist Agencies

  • Relate provides marriage guidance counselling.

  • Youthline provides counselling for young people from the age of 11.

  • Self Care

    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.

  • Blackmore Health Clinic offers acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, Tai Chi and Qigong with an experienced therapist in Ascot.

  • Mental Health Awareness

  • World Mental Health Awareness Week
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

  • Self Harm / Injury Awareness Day
  • 1st March every year is Self Harm / Injury Awareness Day. Follow the link for more information, support and advice.

    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 11th - 15th is 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.