Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

JOSEPHINE BEY Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor Aged Vet­er­ans Coun­selling

NOW that the fes­tive sea­son has drawn to an end, and while many of your read­ers will have en­joyed a very happy Christ­mas with fam­ily and friends, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber those who have strug­gled with lone­li­ness, de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety over the hol­i­days, and con­tinue to do so.

This time of year can be par­tic­u­larly hard for the el­derly with many men and women suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion, which can be the re­sult of be­reave­ment, mar­i­tal prob­lems or a whole host of other is­sues, and yet re­ceive very lit­tle help from the NHS.

Aged Vet­er­ans Coun­selling, a govern­ment backed or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­ported by vet­er­ans’ char­i­ties, of­fers a free coun­selling scheme across the UK to any­one born be­fore 1950 who was in the mil­i­tary or com­pleted Na­tional Ser­vice.

In­ci­den­tally, most men over the age of 66 did com­plete na­tional ser­vice and will there­fore qual­ify.

Aged Vet­er­ans Coun­selling is able to of­fer vi­tal sup­port to those in need, pro­vid­ing up to 6 free coun­selling ses­sions in the com­fort of their own home, pro­vided by ac­cred­ited pro­fes­sion­als, which has proven to have an im­mensely pos­i­tive im­pact on those who par­tic­i­pate.

So can I ask your read­ers to spare a thought for loved ones, friends, neigh­bours or some­one

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