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Posts by Catherine Betley

The Value of Good Bereavement Care

I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of my time these days talking about costs. I’m often asked about cost even before I’ve started to explain our services – how we work and what the benefits to our clients are. But “how much does it cost?” (to have a helpline service, a…

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World Mental Health Day 2019: Your mental health MOT

By Joanna Williams, Head of Counselling at Professional Help. ‘Prevention is better than cure’. It’s an old adage, and one that we’re now beginning to apply to mental health as well as physical. The World Federation for Mental Health has decided that the theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day should be Suicide Prevention,…

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Reflections on World Suicide Prevention Day

This blog was contributed by Professional Help’s Head of Counselling, Joanna Williams. Suicide is a global epidemic, claiming 800,000 lives a year, and few could argue it doesn’t require global attention. Initiatives like World Suicide Prevention Day (which falls on September 10th) give the opportunity to shed light on the facts around suicide, to unpick…

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Online counselling and the GriefChat service

By Catherine Betley, Managing Director of Professional Help and founder of GriefChat. After a significant loss, bereaved people have traditionally been supported by their communities, their religious or social groups and their friends and family. Some 60 years ago, one of the first bereavement care services in the world, Cruse Bereavement Care, was launched to…

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Grief and mental health – how long is too long?

I was struck this week by the results of a study, carried out by the University of Stirling and widely reported in the press, that looked at the impact of the death of a friend on mental and physical health. The research found that this type of bereavement can have serious effects for up to…

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#FiveThings

I was recently asked to write about five things I wish people knew about grief, by the wonderful lifedeathwhatever.com who are working to open up conversations about death and dying. Their campaign, #FiveThings is a collection of the five things that Life. Death. Whatever. collaborators want people to know about life, death and everything in…

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Grieving on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be an unwelcome time of year for a lot of people. If you’re estranged from your mother or don’t have a good relationship; if you are having difficulty with fertility; and of course, if you are grieving the loss of a mother or a child, or supporting children who have lost their…

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Born of Frustration…

Written by Catherine Betley, MD of Professional Help and GriefChat® At the risk of seriously dating myself, I’ll admit to being a child of the early ‘90s. As a teenager, I had fairly eclectic musical tastes and considered myself to be something of a rock/indie chick. Growing up in a northern town just a stone’s…

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Happy New Year?

Written by Joanna Barnard, Head of Counselling at Professional Help. If you’re feeling particularly blue this Monday, it would seem you’re not alone. Once upon a time, someone somewhere decreed that the third Monday in January was the most miserable day of the year. It’s not difficult to see the logic: post-Christmas, the lights have…

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Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018

Every day in the UK, 15 babies die during birth or shortly after. As well as my role managing our GriefChat service, I am also a bereavement care trainer for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. I go to hospitals and teach midwives, neonatal nurses and other health professionals how they can best care…

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