Counselling and wellbeing centre Breathe is offering free counselling sessions to people who are furloughed or who have been made redundant as a result of Covid-19.

Sessions will take place online or over the phone from 18th August. This free counselling service is available thanks to funding from the Voluntary Services Emergency Fund through the WCVA.

Breathe is part of the mental health and social change charity Platfform.  Free counselling is available in the areas the charity works which are Bridgend, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Neath Port Talbot, Merthyr, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Caerphilly, Newport and Monmouth.

The counsellors at Breathe work with people on ways to help manage mental health and wellbeing, finding ways forward that are best suited to each person’s individual goals.

Addressing the impact of mental health issues during lockdown, the funding provides vital support to continue and expand Breathe’s services to those facing challenges with their mental health.

The pandemic has had a big impact on many people’s lives, including financial stresses and relationship difficulties.

Christine, Counselling Manager at Breathe, said:

“We’re thrilled to receive funding from the WCVA, allowing us to work with even more people who are facing challenges. We have worked with people to overcome the issues they face, from managing stress and anxiety to developing confidence.

The impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health is a growing concern. This funding will help to prevent further crises and to minimise demand on health services at this time of unprecedented strain.

Breathe counsellors can work with people facing many kinds of challenges, and support a range of mental health difficulties such as depression and anxiety. Professional support can be of significant benefit to people struggling to cope during difficult times.

We look forward to working with more people, and seeing the long-term positive change that counselling can help bring about.”

If you are working with someone who you feel could benefit from counselling, and who matches the criteria above, please contact [email protected] for a referral form”.

Get in touch to book free counselling sessions – limited spaces available.