Town Supports Riverside Counselling Service During Mental Health Week

This week (13-19 May) is Mental Health Week and Henley businesses are supporting Riverside Counselling Service.

Coppa Club, Drifters, Spoon, Café Copia, The Chocolate Cafe and Harris + Hoole will all be collecting donations for the Henley based charity who provide counselling to adults and young people.

Latest statistics show that one in four adults have a mental health condition and 3 in 4 children with a diagnosable mental health condition do not get access to the support that they need. Riverside Counselling Service provides affordable counselling and workshops to both adults and young people and has seen a 111% rise in demand for its services over the past year.

Riverside is currently helping 125 people a week across South Oxfordshire supporting a wide range of mental health issues including depression and anxiety, relationship issues, loss and bereavement, and other more complex mental health conditions. Riverside has a dedicated counselling service for young people from the age of 12 years called The Space, which was developed in 2015 in response to a growing need to support the mental health and well-being of young people in the area.

Hilary Arthur, Riverside’s Director and Clinical Lead said: “We know that counselling can change lives. During Mental Health we want to raise awareness of our service that can support those struggling with mental health difficulties but we need the support of the community to enable us to continue to make the service accessible”.

The week is also being supported by Emma-Jane Taylor who has recently been appointed as the charity’s first ambassador. Emma-Jane lives in Henley and is the Founder and Director of Stageworks & NutritiousWorks in Henley, and SHEnetWORKS UK. Emma-Jane recently shared her story of battling mental health and is delighted to help and support the charity.

Amanda Collins, Riverside’s Fundraising Manager, said: “Riverside is a charity and relies on the generous support for the local community to run our service. We want to help the mental health and well-being of adults and young people by providing affordable counselling within their local community. We are delighted that so many businesses have already agreed to support the charity.  By making a donation in store or through our website, holding your own fundraiser, doing a sponsored activity or challenge can make a real difference to people’s lives”.

Riverside is especially interested to hear from other local businesses who want to support the local community in Henley and are looking to work with a local charity partner in 2019.

For counselling help and support, or to make a donation go to www.riversidecounsellingservice.co.uk

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