Counselling for Social Change was set up in October 2012 to provide counselling to activists and campaigners suffering from PTSD, burnout, or other emotional issues that might be impacting them. We also offer counselling to those on low incomes in our local communities.
During this time, we have delivered almost 1700 hours of counselling via face-to-face sessions, phone, skype and through our retreat space in West Cornwall. But our funding is about run out.
Access to effective and appropriate mental health support should be a fundamental right for all of us. However, the reality is that effective support is becoming harder and harder to access.
Trauma and burnout can affect anyone. It can be one incident which tips us over the edge; it can be an accumulation of years of police violence, the betrayal of finding out friends and lovers were undercover cops, or just the sheer daunting task of the change we want to bring about.
There are no rules on when these events will affect us, and how they will affect our lives. However, enabling effective social change is dependent on taking our mental health seriously, and supporting each other with our mental health problems.
"Trauma work is part of resistance. To be effective, we need to be able to support each other."
Activist Trauma Support