“I would like to commend the Herts Advertiser for signing up to the new contract on sensitive reporting of suicide stories (13 September, 2018)
Avoiding sensationalist reporting, keeping the emphasis on the impact on others and giving people the right information can only help in the prevention of suicide. This will also help break a cycle where the bereaved, especially if they know of or were close to someone who took their own life, are more susceptible to suicidal thoughts and actions.
As counsellors, we know the importance of words in helping people heal: equally the wrong message can be detrimental. As an organisation working to improve the mental health of people in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire for over 40 years, we make counselling available to people when they need it and only ask they pay what they can afford. People can contact us if they or someone they know are thinking about suicide or harming themselves.
We offer counselling at the price people can afford and for as long as they need it and also offer a specialist bereavement service for counselling those who have lost a loved one.
It is only knowing what resources are available that people can start getting the help they need”
The Counselling Foundation
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