Campaigning for mental health support following Coronavirus

Campaigning for mental health support following Coronavirus

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in conjunction with 25 professional partners and supported by a host of professionals in the mental health field, has spearheaded a campaign for urgent mental health care as the impact of the coronavirus and lockdown takes its toll on our country.

BACP’s CEO, Haydn Williams reports on the progressing campaign: “Through our campaign we’ve already secured excellent support and buy-in from politicians across the parliaments of the four nations.”

Many will be aware that because of this current climate demand for mental health services will be increasing, not least because of the impact of greater loneliness, grief, sickness and loss of income to name just a few issues.

Check out BACP’s news articles on their website to find out more about how the campaign has been progressing over the last few weeks, since it was first launched in the early days of lockdown. And if you are a mental health professional you can follow the links to add your voice to the campaign by writing to your MP >

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Domestic Abuse disturbingly on the rise amidst the lockdown

Domestic Abuse disturbingly on the rise amidst the lockdown

Disturbing figures show that whilst other crimes such as knife crime and burglary have gone down during lockdown, domestic violence has increased.

Domestic Abuse disturbingly on the rise amidst the lockdownAn article by the Guardian updates us on a project which has recorded more than double the average amount of domestic abuse related killings in this time.

Domestic abuse is a sad reality and exists in almost every culture, class and background and against men and women. It takes a huge amount of courage to speak out if this is something that you have been facing, and sometimes it is hard to even accept that that is exactly what is happening.

Do any of the following apply to you?

Do you change your behaviour because you are afraid of your partner’s reaction?
Is your partner jealous and possessive?
Do you feel like you are walking on egg shells?
Do you feel controlled, or isolated?

If so, you may be a victim of domestic abuse.

We have put together some useful helplines and websites for those who may be suffering in this way. And of course here at Rainbow our team of counsellors can help you to work through some of the issues related to this as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Helplines:

National Domestic Abuse Helpline, visit: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk  0808 2000 247

Women’s Aid, visit: www.womensaid.org.uk

The Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428

Relevant Source: Domestic abuse killings ‘more than double’ amid Covid-19 lockdown  | The Guardian >

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