Charity promotes positive mental health to mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2017

September 11, 2017 1:39 pm Published by

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday 10 September, local mental health charity, The Counselling Foundation held a ‘sausage sizzle’ event at their local Bunnings DIY store to raise awareness and highlight how the intervention of a conversation can save lives.

The statistics for suicide are shocking, more than 800,000 people die by suicide each year, that is one person every 40 seconds, and it is the biggest killer in men under age of 45 in the UK.  Around 20% of people in the UK experience suicidal thoughts at some point in their lifetime.

However suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death and talking to a person about suicidal feelings can reduce anxieties and act as a deterrent.

Robert Cuming, CEO said “our aim for being there on the day was to inform the local community that there is a low-cost counselling centre located in Lower Dagnall Street, St Albans, which is open to anyone who is suffering from stress or would like to talk to us about how they are feeling.”

Established in 1974, the charity welcomes self-referrals, only asking clients to pay what they can afford for a service that is available for as long as they need it. They also provide short-term counselling which is a free service accessed via a GP referral.

Robert continued “it’s important our community knows we are here for them. We believe everyone should have someone to talk to, regardless of income and invite anyone that may be experiencing stress, worry or any other concern to contact our St Albans Centre for a friendly and confidential conversation.”

The Counselling Foundation is passionate about promoting positive mental health and also runs a training centre that provides a full five year programme for those wanting to become a counsellor, including part time courses including one day workshops on a wide range of topics.

For further information on counselling or training please contact the Foundation on 01727 868585 or visit






The Counselling Foundation:

Angela Pask

Communications Officer

Tel: 01727 582602


The Counselling Foundation is a leading charity providing low cost, quality counselling and counsellor training for the better mental health and educational advancement of our communities.

Founded in 1974, the Foundation has now become one of the largest counselling and training centres outside of London, with five centres in Bedford, Broxbourne, Luton, St Albans and Stevenage, delivering over 30,000 counselling sessions a year including NHS contracts across the counties.

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