A Heartfelt Thank You...
As we approach the 2 week mark in our campaign, we want to extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to you for your donations and messages of support. We have been truly touched and encouraged by every single one of them.
The funds we have raised so far will provide 24 free and much needed counselling sessions for key workers and we will continue to campaign tirelessly to raise more and more over the coming weeks.
Although we’re a long way from our target, having started this campaign without any social media presence and with only the time and expertise of our volunteers, we’re beginning to see news of our work filtering out to a wider audience and we’ve never been more sure of the need for mental health support and counselling provision for key workers. We are witnessing first-hand the trauma and exhaustion they are experiencing, but we have been able to begin those free counselling sessions thanks to your support.
From our own research and recent feedback from clients, we’ve learned that:
- Many employers don’t provide counselling and when they do, it’s not geared up to support those suffering as a result of this crisis
- Waiting times for counselling via GP referral can often be longer than 12 months
- The average cost of a privately accessed counselling session in Scotland is £57.85
Sobering indeed, and ultimately prohibitive for many.
To help us in our continuing efforts, we’d very much appreciate it if you could share news of our campaign with your own families, friends, colleagues and contacts – wherever you can.
With thanks and very best wishes,
Carole, Fiona and the campaign team
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