Why Counselling Plus?
We believe that Counselling Plus is a worthwhile organisation for your support for four major reasons:
- The work we do is worthwhile – it reduces crime, mental distress and the cycle of violence and deprivation.
- It reduces the burden on the taxpayer – about two thirds of the people we see are unemployed or on sick leave.
- We are a very efficient charity – our costs are tiny compared to the number of people we help.
- Your contribution – on a regular annual basis – can have a direct benefit in the local community.
Hastings and its surrounding district has a high degree of social deprivation. Consequently, we find high levels of most negative experiences: crime, suicide, depression, childhood abuse. Deprivation, poverty and family breakdown are major determinants of mental well being, so the need for mental health services is significant.
Filling the Vacuum
Clearly, the National Health Service has responsibility for tackling these issues. However, the shortfall in the service provided is considerable. We have an increasing number of referrals from NHS professionals including Psychiatrists, Mental Health Nurses, G.P.s, the Crisis Resolution Team (patients who have attempted suicide). For whatever reason, the need is certainly not being met by the NHS.
In 2004 we counselled 152 people over 1395 hours. In 2006 we counselled 402 people over 2170 hours, more than doubling the number of the people we helped. In 2013, we counselled 750 clients, offering 5,000 counselling hours.
Does Counselling Work?
Counselling does work. There are two sources of evidence for this. One is the government-backed National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) which recommends counselling (sometimes in conjunction with medication) for a variety of mental health issues.
The second is feedback from those who come to us. Each user is invited to complete an anonymous questionnaire after their last session. The figures for last year indicate that 80% rate the counselling very highly.
Typical comments include:
‘…saved me from a life of pain’
‘…I could not have gone on without this service…’
‘…I think I may have died without it…’
‘Great team, great service…’
‘…a brilliant service’
‘I thank you all for changing my life’.