Diane and Yvonne are pleased to share our new logo for our sister counselling service Brighter Futures.

The address is www.brighterfuturesplymouth.co.uk 



    'Helping you to help yourself for a brighter future'


All our counsellors are fully qualified and highly skilled. We are a private counselling agency, we demand high standards from our team, therefore those selected have undergone a rigorous selection process.    

At a glance, E mail: ivy counselling@aol.co.uk, Tel 01752 891929


                          E mail: brighterfuturessw@aol.co.uk, Tel 07909 498655


Thursday 17th December here we are handing over a cheque for £262 to Olivia Craig, Manager of Plymouth MIND 

The proceeds of our Time to Change event we held on 4th December



 Thank You

A very big thank you to everyone who took part in our fundraising event today. We raised £262 and are absolutely delighted to be able to donate this to the OASIS Drop in Centre in Plymouth.

Particular thanks to Jonathan Parsons the Watermark Manager for allowing us to use the Coffee Shop to hold the event and for all his support.

Thank you to the following who donated goodies to us,  Morrisons of Plymstock, Co op Ivybridge, Lidl Plymouth, Tesco Metro Ivybridge, The Watermark, The Duke of Cornwall Hotel Ivybridge, Mr C Mc Naught, Mr Ede, Ivy Counselling.

Special thank you to our team, Chris, Tracy, Caroline, Julie and Donna who have supported both of us.    

                  How did you do with the Myths and Facts? Here are the answers

1. Mental Health problems are rare. This is a myth. Mental Health problems affect one in four people in any one year. So, even if you don't have a mental health problem, it's likely your best friend, a family member or work colleague will be affected.

2.  People with mental health problems are violent. This is myth.  People with mental health problems are much more likely to be the victim of violence.  The violence myth makes it harder for people to talk openly about mental health problems.  It can also make friends reluctant to stay in touch.  

3.   People can recover completely from a mental illness. This is a fact.  Many people can and do recover completely from mental health problems.  Alongside professional help, the support of friends, family and getting back to work are all important in helping people recover.

4.   On average, people with severe mental illnesses die ten years younger.  This is a fact.  But it's not the mental illness that kills - it's the discrimination.  The physical health needs of people with mental health problems are often dismissed, causing higher rates of death from heart attacks, diabetes and cancer for people with severe mental illness.

5.   You can be open about mental health problems without fearing you'll be treated differently. This is a myth.  People fear telling friends, family and work colleagues if they have a mental health problem because of stigma.  In fact, 87% of people with a mental health problem have experienced discrimination.

6.   There's not much you can do to help a friend experiencing a mental health problem. This is a myth.  If someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem, just staying in touch can really help.  For many people, it is the small things that friends do that can make a difference like visiting or phoning .

7.   People can't work if they have a mental health problem.  This is a myth.  With one in four people affected by mental health problems, you probably work with someone with a mental health problem.

8.   If you use a mental health service, there's one in three chance you'll lose contact with friends.  This is a fact.  Sometimes friends feel like they don't know enough to be able help or feel uncomfortable.  But you don't need to be an expert on mental health to be a friend. It's often the everyday things, like a phone call or text, that make a difference.   

                                                                                    Diane and Yvonne

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