MS-UK is a small national charity making a BIG difference to people with multiple sclerosis
Did you know that there are around 130,000 people in the UK living with multiple sclerosis (MS)? As well as the physical effects of the condition, many individuals have to deal with the toll it can take on their mental health. Depression affects half of everyone diagnosed with MS.
Our counselling team already provide vital telephone counselling to hundreds of people every year, helping them deal with the feelings of uncertainty, helplessness and isolation that an MS diagnosis can bring.
Last year, 93 per cent of the people our counsellors worked with improved or maintained their mental and emotional health.
NHS waiting lists for counselling can be up to 18 months, whereas we aim to keep this below 12 weeks. There are 90,000 people with MS in real financial hardship so it’s vital we raise funds to keep our services free or donation-based.
Will you help even more people cope with the emotional impact of diagnosis?
With your help we can deliver a six month trial of video counselling
Many people will gain more from our service if they can make eye contact with their counsellor and read their body language. Our aim is to allow anyone who wants to have counselling this way to be able to access it when they need it most.
Our three year old Counselling Service is unique in the UK, uses BACP registered counsellors, is monitored using the approved CORE ten questionnaire and referred into by other (bigger!) MS charities as well as UK wide health professionals.
If we achieve funding for this video counselling trial, we can compile strong evidence for making a case to grant givers for future funding of the service.
Here’s just some of the feedback we’ve had from people who have accessed our counselling service:
‘Counselling has helped me realise that it is okay to share my fears and worries with my partner. Being able to do this with you first really helped.’
‘The biggest difference was that I stayed at home. Wherever I go to get services it includes at least one hour of travel. Call it one added hour to find energy for, plus the transport cost. Instead, you can get in the mood with a hot drink or some reflection. For me it couldn’t have been any better.'
People also told us that it was easier, more convenient, saved them having to travel and get ready to go out and they got the same kind of help in the comfort of their own home that they would if they’d had to attend a session in person. Another said it helped them preserve energy that they needed for other things which was useful, and they were equipped with more tools to self-manage day to day.
We need you!
Your support during our campaign will create an essential critical mass of interest.
This is an all-or-nothing campaign. If we don’t reach our target we get nothing, your pledge will be refunded by Crowdfunder and this pilot will be delayed. It's a risky move but it's the best way to prove we have your support.
It's a double win for donors as you are directly helping people with MS get the best possible support at a time of crisis AND helping MS-UK prove this service is needed and so make future funding much more likely!
How else can I help? If you've already donated (thanks!) or can't donate just now, there are other ways to support...
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