Poverty and mental health - a depressing reality
Some say that the worst effects of the pandemic are over. “Not true”, say counsellors at Petersgate, evidenced by a marked increase in clients presenting with severe depression, anxiety and generally greater levels of unhappiness, due to the ongoing financial fallout of Covid-19 and the inequity, stigma and discrimination that this creates.
Financial hardship is one of the most significant social determinants of mental health. The link between mental health and financial health can become a vicious cycle, with financial stress leading to poor mental health, which can then make taking action to protect financial health even harder.
Any unexpected and seemingly uncontrollable loss of income accompanied by the recent cost of living increases has, for some, led to unhealthy behaviours to try to cope, from avoidance to overeating and alcohol and drug misuse to numb the pain, which again, worsens their mental health. Financial stress has also been linked to physical ill health issues, such as migraines, heart disease and sleep problems.
Although often feeling overwhelmed and embarrassed, even angry, receiving professional counselling from Petersgate’s counsellors helps to break the cycle of poverty, isolation and stress by acknowledging and validating their experiences, exploring ways to reduce worry and then creating realistic hope for the future. Counsellors also provide clients with practical assistance in navigating government agencies, such as Work and Income. and receiving assistance from appropriate social services such as Budget Advice.
However, when financial priorities are rent, food, electricity and child care, professional counselling becomes an unaffordable luxury. Petersgate has therefore established a hardship fund to provide these people with heavily subsidised or free counselling in order to ensure that good mental health is not a privilege but available for all. This hardship fund is however only possible through the wonderful financial support of our Friends of Petersgate.
Through your generous donation, we can make a real difference in people's lives.
Gray Crawford I Business Manager
Making a donation
Thank you for considering making a donation to Petersgate. Donations help us to offer affordable, professional counselling to people in need.
To make a donation please choose one of the following options:
Deposit your donation directly into our bank account:
Westpac 03 0830 0280160 000. Please include your name and the word "Donation" in the reference details section of your internet banking.
Post your donation to: Petersgate Counselling Centre
PO Box 6088
Telephone 03 343 3391 to request a bank deposit slip, or if you would like to become a regular supporter we will send you an Automatic Payment form and a reply paid envelope. Our regular supporters, the Friends of Petersgate, now number nearly 200 and they make a very important contribution to our income each year.
Remembering Petersgate in your will is a wonderful way of helping us care for people in need. Making such a gift available for our general purposes is a discreet and thoughtful way of supporting the work we do.
With your support we will continue to make a positive difference in the lives of so many people and we thank you in anticipation.
How you can support us
The work we do at Petersgate is critical for the wellbeing of the whole community.
With no government contracts we rely on grants and donations to continue our work.
Did you know that you can claim a tax credit for donations over $5.00 made to us?
To show your support, you can make a donation in the following ways:
Via Internet Banking
Westpac 03 0830 0280160 00
A bequest is a special way to remember your family or friends or a charity in your will. After you have acknowledged those close to you, please consider also remembering Petersgate Counselling Centre. Your legacy will ensure that our organisation can continue to make a real difference in the lives of our clients into the future. We strongly recommend that your will is drawn up by your legal advisor so that your wishes are carried out exactly as you intended.
In Memoriam/ In Lieu of Flowers
This is a very special way in which to remember your loved one. You may wish to invite friends and family to honour your loved ones memory by making a donation to Petersgate Counselling Centre in lieu of flowers. The Funeral Director can organise to send through the donations to us via our postal address. Receipts along with a letter of thanks will be sent to donors who provide their name and address details. A list of names and addresses and a total amount (not the individual donation amounts) is sent to the family when all donations have come in so the family can send their own thanks.
At Petersgate Counselling Centre we appreciate every gift to us no matter the amount. Major Gifts however enable us to fund larger or ongoing projects with more certainty.