Relate Gloucestershire and Swindon are thrilled to announce the trial of a new pilot project (funded by Zurich Gloucestershire) which will enable client's who have or are experiencing ill-health to access relationship counselling, family counselling or sex therapy at our Cheltenham centre on a donation basis due to our campaign below. Please click here for more information.
Physical and mental health challenges not only impact us individually but also affect our relationships with our partners, our children and can affect the whole family unit. The quality of our relationships not only influence our health, but equally, our relationships are placed at risk by ill-health at just the time people need to draw on them for vital support. If a family member becomes poorly then roles can change within the family unit, people react differently to the changes, an array of emotions are experienced and the future may become uncertain. Therefore, it is important that focus is also placed on supporting the best emotional medicine during these times: the relationships surrounding the health concern.
Relate are asking the government to take a more relational approach to health and well being which begins with making relational support more accessible at the point of diagnosis and beyond. This doesn't only affect people who are in a romantic relationship as illustrated by Lorna's story below...
Lorna Perks, 51, an inventor and entrepreneur from Bristol, was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago and has experienced low confidence and body issues following her mastectomy, which left her with permanent scarring. Lorna said:
I decided to go to Relate for individual counselling following my mastectomy to address why I was single and what was stopping me from finding somebody. I was feeling unattractive due to the way my breasts looked after my operation and had very low self-esteem.
If your relationships have been affected by your health then please contact us if you would like to talk through the situation with a counsellor:
Charges currently apply, which is why we also ask you to take the time to sign our petition to ask the government to look into providing more relationship support on the NHS in the future.