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Business community gets behind mental well-being campaign

PUBLISHED: 15:42 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:43 17 August 2018

The business community in Sudbury is backing the Just Talk campaign Picture: LOWMAN PR

The business community in Sudbury is backing the Just Talk campaign Picture: LOWMAN PR

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A number of businesses in the Sudbury area have backed a growing campaign aimed at supporting people’s emotional well-being.

The Just Talk campaign, which received official charitable status in 2017, encourages people to talk about their problems, and has already helped a number of people.

Launched by psychotherapist Glenda D Roberts and counsellor Sharon Kendall in 2016 following a number of suicides in the Sudbury area, the campaign holds free monthly drop-in sessions.

People are able to discuss problems they may have in confidence without needing to book an appointment.

The campaign also offers affordable one-to-one counselling services, and now more businesses are getting involved as official sponsors.

Ms Roberts said: “The campaign just continues to grow with more and more local people seeking our help.

“As we grow it is so important we get continued support from the community and we are very grateful to the businesses that are supporting the campaign.

“Together we are making a huge difference to the lives of many local people who are no longer suffering alone.

“The businesses are helping us in various ways, some are raising funds, some are making cash donations, others are providing marketing support and generally helping us with our awareness raising events and activities.

“We hope more local businesses will come forward to support us so we can help even more people who may be suffering or struggling to cope.”

Official sponsors of the campaign include Kingfisher HR, ASR Limited, Silver Monkey Marketing, The Sticker Factory, AAA Cabs, Patrick Lowman PR, The Prince of Wales Pub and Exploring U Counselling.

Charlotte Johns, of Kingfisher HR, which is making a monthly cash donation to the campaign and is also offering support on legal issues, said: “Supporting the Just Talk campaign is a great way for businesses of any size to make a difference in their local community.

“I would encourage any other small business owner who may be wondering how they may be able to help to contact Glenda.

“Together, if we can all spare a little of our experience or resources then it is possible to make a real difference.”

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