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Monday 10 October is World Mental Health Day, the focus of which this year is the support people can provide to those who are in psychological distress.

The objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues worldwide. According to the World Health Organisation, “The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.”

It is estimated that in the past week one in six people will have experienced a common mental health problem. Let’s continue to raise awareness that good mental health is vital for our whole well-being, and is as important as good physical health. Some issues we can address ourselves – if only we valued ourselves enough to spend time on them.

There are many problems, issues or feelings which bring people to counselling. There is a brief but by no means exhaustive list on the About Counselling page of this website. If you are affected by any of these things, then having the freedom to express those feelings brings real therapeutic benefits. Remember – it’s good to talk.

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