The Emotional Support Service is a pilot project in Northern Ireland and provides stroke survivors with free, professional one to one counselling support. The service is staffed by qualified counsellors who are trained in recognising, understanding and working with the emotional effects of stroke.
This service offers:
An opportunity to meet with a counsellor who can support you with a range of issues including mild to moderate depression, grief and loss, relationships, anxiety etc.;An initial appointment/assessment to explore your emotional needs;Up to six counselling session, each lasting approximately 50 minutes each week;Support to help you understand the emotional impact of stroke.
Who is this service for?
The service is for stroke survivors (including TIAs/mini-strokes) who live in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust area. Referrals can be made by Regional Psychology or the Community Stroke Team in that area. Initially the pilot will be offered, from September 2019, in the Alderman George Green Community Centre, Rathgill Parade, Bangor. It is hoped that, in the future, the service will be available throughout Northern Ireland and will be offered to carers and family members as well.