Thursday 4th February was the annual #TimeToTalk day, where the aim is to get as many people as possible across England discussing mental health, which affects one in four people every year.
The Counselling Foundation, a charity which provides low cost counselling across centres in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, got the city talking as The Right Worshipful the Mayor of St Albans, Councillor Salih Gaygusuz and Mental Health Champion Councillor Anthony Rowlands opened the charity’s newly refurbished centre in St Albans.
Before cutting the ribbon, the Mayor praised the charity’s open-ended low cost service emphasising that “it is particularly important in these stressful times in which we live that everyone has access to counselling” adding that “what The Counselling Foundation offers is invaluable to the community.”
Councillor Anthony Rowlands bravely shared his “lived experience of mental illness” and updated on the initiatives and positive projects that the council is working on announcing “local government is now expected to take a more active role in scrutinising health provision. Nowhere is that more needed than in mental health.”
Robert Cuming, CEO of The Counselling Foundation said “We were honoured to have the Mayor and Councillor Rowlands relaunch the St Albans Centre in order to publicise our charitable counselling service. We have seen a strong increase in enquiries recently which shows that more people are being open about wanting to talk to someone about how they are feeling, without having to pay expensive private fees. We have improved the way people hear about and access our service and we are now delivering over 30,000 counselling sessions each year.”
“St Albans was the first location for the charity when we were set up in 1974, so it has a very fond place in our hearts. For over 40 years the Foundation has been here to listen to and help as many people as possible with whatever is affecting them, which could include bereavement, relationships, family, illness, addictions, self-harm or work related stress, for as long as they need us.”
“We have recently undergone a refurbishment of the centre by sound proofing, modernising and adding counselling rooms and creating a much more welcoming waiting room for clients. These changes enhance the experience for someone that visits us for support and they are much more likely to recommend counselling to others.”
If you would like to arrange a friendly chat with someone at The Counselling Foundation to see how they can help you, please get in touch on 01727 856 693 or visit counsellingfoundation.org.
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