Increase in demand for Inverness-based Scottish Counselling Services has increased by 250%, with young people looking for support with the impact of lockdown on their mental health and anxieties about the future.

“We were concerned that all of a sudden we had been seeing a steady number of adults and young people being referred to us for counselling but the face to face model just couldn’t continue,” said founder Carole Mackintosh.

“We knew that people still needed help and perhaps more so than ever so we had to look at ways we could reach them. With adults we were able to change how we worked with them pretty quickly either by phone or technology, but that just wasn’t an option to do that with young people outwith the school and environment and that was a concern for us.”

 

Read more here: https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18890611.coronavirus-scotland-demand-young-people-counselling-services-increases-kids-able-self-refer/

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