Relate North and South West Sussex has stepped up to the current Coronavirus crisis by suspending face to face counselling and offering telephone and video link counselling services and is working to increase the availability of these over the coming days.
Relate supports individuals, couples and families with their relationships and also provides children and young people’s counselling. Relate fears that the current ‘lock-down’ will increase tensions and place extraordinary pressure on relationships. Leading divorce solicitor, Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia, said in the House of Lords that there is very likely to be an increase in divorces as a result.
Lisa Phillips, Manager of Relate, said “self-isolation, social distancing, being shut in with partners and children, anxiety about you and your loved ones’ health and about money, has put unprecedented pressure on people of all ages and stages of life and on all relationships.
We know that poor quality relationships can result in relationship breakdown, parental conflict, child protection and safeguarding issues, domestic abuse, debt, mental health issues, addiction and homelessness.
We’ve been working very hard to ensure that people can access our services even though they can’t come to our offices. You don’t have to be in a relationship, we can help with stress and anxiety and your mental health and well-being as well as with your relationships”
Telephone and online counselling may help to minimise tensions and provide a space for people to talk about their anxieties and fears during the current time. It may also support those couples struggling with their relationships, whether married, co-habiting, or divorced and co-parenting.
For more advice and details about telephone or video counselling please telephone Relate North and South West Sussex on 01293 657055 or visit https://www.relate.org.uk/sussex