Support for mental health is needed more than ever as we enter the third lockdown of the pandemic

Support for mental health is needed more than ever as we enter the third lockdown of the pandemic

No one could have anticipated the impact of Covid-19 and reports are increasingly focussing on the devastating impact on mental health.

The cumulative effect of long term stress is serious says psychotherapist Noel McDermott:

“Effectively what is happening is those that were far away from mental health issues are now much closer, those that were close to being ill will be pushed into illness proper and those that were already ill and have a history of illness will be in relapse or a much more serious condition.”

Support for mental health is needed more than everWhat we are dealing with is the knock on effect of not just one but now three lockdowns, coinciding with January, a time already known to be challenging for many due to post-Christmas blues, cold weather, increased darkness and financial worries. And on top of that many parents are facing the stress of home schooling once more, perhaps alongside having to work from home.

An important thing is to focus on self-care. Now is not the time for high expectations and over-ambitious New Years resolutions but as Rosie Weatherley of Mind says: “Cut yourself a lot of slack… You’re surviving during a global pandemic – this is the only achievement that matters.”

Check out this Sky News article for some more tips on how to cope and find ways to improve your mental health and well-being during these challenging times.

Remember support is out there! You are not alone. For more info please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our counsellors today.

Low-Cost Counselling offered by Rainbow Counselling Sheffield

Low-Cost Counselling offered by Rainbow Counselling Sheffield

Find out more about Rainbow Coaching Services SheffieldRainbow offers low-cost counselling through our bursary scheme to children, young people, adults and couples on low income.

Clients are offered six sessions at the reduced rate of £20 (per session), with a review at the end of the term. It is our desire to support those who for financial reasons are unable to access this service.

We are aware that times are hard for many right now whether in terms of mental health, finances or both. Where we can we wish to offer our services to those who may need it most, but may be struggling to afford it.

We are a team of male and female counsellors offering a depth of experience across differing specialties including depression, anxiety, identity, relationship issues, therapeutic and life coaching, addictions, trauma, self-harm, eating disorders and fertility difficulties. Using a range of therapeutic models, we work with different groups such as young people and students.

To apply for this service please complete the contact form or call 07511 946117.

Proud to be supporting our frontline workers

Proud to be supporting our frontline workers

Proud to be supporting our frontline workersOne of our counsellors, Helen, has been involved in this great initiative to support frontline NHS workers during the Covid-19 pandemic by offering free counselling online.

Helen says: “I feel so very privileged to be able to help the NHS during this time of need. Using my counselling skills to help and support the NHS staff who are working so tirelessly and with such dedication to care for others, is both humbling and an inspiration and I feel so very blessed to be part of this frontline service.”

The Points of Light Service has itself been commended by the Prime Minister, with its founders receiving a personal letter of thanks from the PM. Check out their full article here, where you can also find out more about Points of Light. Read more>

Rainbow Counselling are also pleased to offer 4 sessions of half price counselling to all NHS frontline workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please contact us to be put in touch with a counsellor today.

Feeling suicidal during these anxious times?

Feeling suicidal during these anxious times?

There are many added reasons why these times we have been living in are so difficult – increased isolation, ill health, money worries and uncertainty over when it is all going to end to name a few.

feeling suicidal, get help and support from Rainbow Counselling ServicesWhilst for some these may be minor issues, for others they might be catastrophic, life-altering and/or contribute to increased thoughts of suicide.

Living with suicidal thoughts can be a very lonely place and many will testify that talking about these thoughts with a trusted friend or trained professional can really help. This article also offers some helpful advice, in addition to suggested telephone helplines at the end, for those who may be feeling suicidal.

Remember support is out there for you! You are not alone. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our counsellors today.

Read more on this related topic from Patient Info:
What to do if you feel suicidal during the coronavirus lockdown >

The Samaritans – support available 24/7. Visit their website: www.samaritans.org or call 116 123 FREE.