13 Jul 2020

Emotional impact survey findings

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In May this year, Network launched a survey asking people to tell us about the impact that Covid crisis was having on their wellbeing and emotional needs.

The responses have told us that there has been a significant impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing. Related issues are occupying a prominent space in terms of what is causing difficulties and what kind of support people need.

The unusual aspect of the many and varied wellbeing challenges that lockdown has created for people is that they are being experienced by a lot of people at the same time. Interestingly, the variety and even extremes of people’s experiences of lockdown show. For around one fifth of respondents practical challenges are leaving them with little space to deal with emotional challenges. For more people, the stay-at-home measures are creating a space to address issues that might not have been available before.

Three quarters of people feel that they would be able to access listening support and counselling over the phone or online, even if it wasn’t ideal. A small but important 4% of respondents don’t have the privacy or technology to access help in this way.

The findings will feed into our service development as we support people through the medium and longer term mental health impacts of the crisis. You can read a report of the full findings here.

07 Jul 2020

Here when we are needed

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Network has been here for clients throughout the Covid crisis.

We are welcoming new clients, and continue to deliver high quality training.

From the 13th July we are enabling clients and counsellors to return to our building at Elm Park for face-to-face counselling. Many clients and counsellors have been able to continue their work remotely. However, for some this either hasn’t been practically possible or conducive to an effective counselling relationship. It is very important to us that we create a safe space for clients who need their counselling work to be undertaken face-to-face.

The building will be open to counsellors and clients who are not experiencing Covid symptoms, and who choose to return to face-to-face work. Initially, a limited number of counselling rooms will be available between Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, with spacing and hygiene measures in place.

 

To help you care for your mental health whilst staying at home during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, see information  provided by the National Health Service, the Mental Health Foundation and Mind.

26 May 2020

Wellbeing impact survey

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We know that our mental health and wellbeing is facing new pressures. Whatever your experience of the stay at home measures and virus, please take two minutes to complete our survey help inform our service response. Your answers are completely anonymous.

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/wellbeingimpact

Thank you.

To help you care for your mental health whilst staying at home during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, see information  provided by the National Health Service, the Mental Health Foundation and Mind.

05 May 2020

Service update – 4th May

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We are offering counselling by online video link (Zoom or similar) or telephone. We are offering supportive counselling to help you through this difficult time – 4 sessions or more if needed. We also offer longer-term counselling if you wish to discuss deeper issues such as relationship problems; bereavement, grief & loss; depression; anxiety; stress; and other issues. Contact us to arrange an initial meeting to discuss your needs. Our initial meeting appointments currently take place online or by telephone. Email info@network.org.uk for more information. 

We are making preparations to offer face-to-face counselling again as soon as possible using social distancing measures within our building. We will still continue to offer online counselling alongside, for those who need or prefer to stay at home once restrictions are lifted. Keep checking back for further updates.

To help you care for your mental health whilst staying at home during the Coronavirus  (COVID-19) outbreak, see information  provided by the National Health Service, the Mental Health Foundation and Mind.

29 Apr 2020

Service update – 29th April

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We are continuing to provide a counselling service. We are offering one-to-one counselling via online video or telephone. For this you will need a reasonable internet connection and a confidential space in your home. Contact us to arrange an initial meeting to discuss your needs. Email info@network.org.uk for more information.

To help you care for your mental health whilst staying at home during the Coronavirus  (COVID-19) outbreak, see information  provided by the National Health Service, the Mental Health Foundation and Mind.

30 Mar 2020

Service update – 30th March

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Network’s counselling service is continuing. We are working hard to keep our service running and we are looking at creative ways to respond to your needs during the current crisis. Please do get in touch with us at info@network.org.uk to let us know what would be most helpful to you at this time.

To help you care for your mental health whilst staying at home during the Coronavirus  (COVID-19) outbreak, see information  provided by the National Health Service, the Mental Health Foundation and Mind.

23 Mar 2020

Service update – 23rd March

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In light of the latest Government guidance on social distancing, Network has taken the decision to close its building in Elm Park from Friday 27th March.

We recognise the enormous strain the current situation is placing upon us all, and the vital role that mental health services have to play in the efforts to maintain our wellbeing at this time. We will continue to support our students in learning remotely, and to support clients and counsellors to access counselling remotely.

We are reviewing the situation regularly and working hard to ensure that Network is best able to respond to the need for affordable counselling and listening support.

16 Mar 2020

Service update

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Network’s counselling service is at present open as usual. We provide a service to clients who come to us in serious distress as well as training to increase the capacity of the profession, and have a duty of care to continue to provide much needed support in a difficult time. We recognise that we have a responsibility to balance this with the need to maintain a safe environment for all who come to Network.

As such, we are asking all staff, students, counsellors, clients and visitors not to come to Network if they are showing suspected symptoms of the coronavirus. Please use the 111 online service, and let us know if you will not be coming in.

We are asking all people who come to the building to wash their hands upon entering and to observe guidance on infection control from the NHS. We are cleaning door handles regularly and taking other precautions to minimise risk of contact with the virus.

Our Certificate and Diploma courses will be taught online as of week commencing 23rd March, and current students can expect further information from their tutors. Other future courses will be updated nearer the time, and any people currently booked onto CPD, EPPG or introductory courses will be kept up to date by email should any decisions to change plans be made.

We are delighted to be offering a brand new introductory course, which starts after Easter. “On Becoming a Person” will focus on the personal development aspect of counselling training.  The aim of the course is to develop increased levels of awareness, understanding and acceptance of self. Find out more.

 

“Suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning.” Viktor Frankl.

Our next CPD Workshop on Friday 6th March will consider why meaning matters, and how we can support our clients to move from despair to hope.

For more details and how to book click here.

 


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