It’s World Mental Health Day. This years theme is Mental Health in an Unequal World, highlighting the issues many face trying to access mental health services, and the lack of investment from overall health budgets into mental health, which is directly contributing to the mental health treatment gap.
Being raped, sexually abused or having an unwanted sexual experience can have huge impacts on an individual’s mental health. If you are over the age of 13, and based in Surrey, RASASC have several free services that may be able to help.
Our confidential helpline operates four evenings a week (Monday – Thursday) and our specially trained volunteers can provide you with information and emotional support to allow you to make informed decisions to help you on your journey to recovery.
Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) offer both emotional and practical support to survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Our team of ISVAs cover a range of client needs including young people, complex mental health needs, LGBTQ+, physical and mental disabilities, male survivors, older people, and survivors from hard to reach and marginalised communities.
Our counselling service is split into three areas: adult counselling, counselling for young people (aged 13-17) and counselling for families of survivors. Our volunteer counsellors can help you understand your feelings and how they are affecting you, in order to help you come to terms with what has happened to you or your family member.
For more information on all of our free services and how to access them, visit the Get Support page of our website.
To read more about World Mental Health Day, visit the website of The World Federation for Mental Health.