Press Release – 29th September 2014
Hertfordshire based charity The Counselling Foundation has celebrated its 40th year with music, by announcing it was going to be a “bit louder” about their counselling service.
CEO Robert Cuming, addressing a live music event at Jamie Oliver’s Deli in St Albans, said that it was The Foundation’s mission to remove the outdated stigma attached to mental health and encourage everyone to seek the help that is available.
“Many are not aware that they have access to low cost, quality counselling on their doorstep with our charity, either from direct self-referral, via their GP or through their employer,” he said.
“The recent cuts to the mental services mean it’s time to be a lot louder about the situation and promote the need for a positive change. Our professional counsellor training and coaching courses are heavily subscribed because you have people that want to be able to help those in need and are responding to the huge demand for counsellors.”
He said that as part of the charity’s campaign, they had rebranded the charity with a confident, fresh look and created a website that aimed to make the subject of counselling much more approachable and a vital part of a healthy lifestyle.
“Tonight’s mission is to tell people that it is acceptable to be open about seeking help and that we’re here for them,” Robert said.
The guest of honour at the event was Reverend Peter Liddell who founded the organisation in 1974 to provide affordable counselling within a safe and supportive environment at its five centres, St Albans, Bedford, Luton, Stevenage and Broxbourne.
To find out more information on how counselling could help you or if you would like to learn counselling skills, visit their website counsellingfoundation.org and contact your local centre.