Mental Health Charity Let’s Get Talking open new outreach in Kerry
Let’s Get Talking Counselling and Psychotherapy open a new outreach to support the demand for access to mental health services in Kerry.
First opening in Galway 2012, Let’s Get Talking aim to provide access to high quality mental health services to the community on a non-set fee policy. The non-set fee model positions the organisation to straddle public provision and private enterprise in a way that makes service delivery more affordable to the public and less of a strain on public resources.
Speaking about the charity CEO Cyril Hyland said: “Our mandate, as per our established charter, is informed by one important ethic –equity. Each client of our service is treated according to their needs and not what they can afford to pay. As a community counselling and psychotherapy non- profit partnership, we provide professional counselling and psychotherapy support to all based on their needs.
With a focus on early intervention Let’s Get Talking support adults and children (over 10 years of age) in relation to a wide range of issues ranging from depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, addiction, trauma, bullying, eating disorders, parenting issues, and family breakdown support.
Speaking on the opening of the Kerry outreach, Mr. Hyland added “We are delighted to bring our service to the community in Kerry. Our hopes for the outreach opening are to provide local access to anyone who wishes to attend our services. We look forward to further developing the service for the people of Kerry region.”
Let’s Get Talking’s Kerry outreach will be led by local counsellor Suzanne Downing. From Tralee, Suzanne’s experience working with clients covers a range of issues such as anxiety, abuse, anger, low self-esteem, loss and trauma. She holds a IACP Accredited Diploma in Counselling, along with a B.Sc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Welcoming the service to the community, Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Patrick Connor- Scarteen said “Well done to all involved in Let’s Get Talking, their service is needed now more than ever. Its essential people look after their mental health for their overall wellbeing and to have such excellent Counselling and Psychotherapy services available in Kerry is vital. The fact that such a non-profit organisation operates on a non-set fee policy ensures greater accessibility which is very much welcomed. I wish to thank Suzanne Downing and all involved in Kerry for the excellent mental health work they do in our community”.
To respond to the mental health implications of the pandemic and ensure Let’s Get Talking remained accessible to clients, online counselling & psychotherapy has been provided nationwide since March 2020.Clients can contact the service without a referral and there is no limit to the number of sessions provide to clients.
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