Press Clipping – Challenging the stigma around mental health at the Bedford River Festival

July 26, 2016 11:37 am Published by

The Bedfordshire on Sunday, published 23 July 2016

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A BEDFORD based charity attended their first ever Bedford River Festival last weekend to talk to the visitors about pressing mental health issues and their charitable counselling and counsellor training services.

The festival which attracted thousands of people provided a perfect opportunity for the The Counselling Foundation to talk directly to the communities of Bedford about how they offer support to those facing difficult periods in their lives.

Tombola prizes and home-made cakes provided from the charity’s volunteers, and generous donations from visitors enabled the Foundation to raise £370, which goes directly into subsidised counselling for those on low incomes living in Bedford.

Angela Pask, Marketing Officer at The Counselling Foundation said “it was really positive to see lots of people attend this event and how many of them wanted to talk us about how mental health had affected them or someone they knew. It’s a sign of the times that members of the public are much more open to discussing such matters and actively seeking help.”

 “We’ve been supporting the community of Bedford with a charitable counselling service since 1974 and the amazing donations we received will allow us to continue this much needed work. A big thank you to the visitors and everyone that helped the Foundation that day.”

If you would like to talk to the Foundation about accessing counselling, please call 01234 346 077.





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