Talking therapy

Open up to a brighter future

One in four people experience psychological distress and this figure is even higher among more vulnerable people. Open Minds is a Big Lottery funded community project that offers talking therapies for vulnerable people living in hostel accommodation, or those at risk of being made homeless, in the Luton and Dunstable area.

It’s a partnership between Squared, the University of Bedfordshire, Mary Seacole Housing Association and Signposts Luton and it’s helping people to move on through the power of talking.

How Open Minds can help

The kind of issues Open Minds can help with include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Relationship problems
  • Low confidence
  • Issues from childhood

Not sure if it’s for you? Open Minds may be able to help if you’re experiencing problems such as:

  • Intrusive thoughts, memories or flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Anger and intense emotions
  • Fear and panic
  • Alcohol or drug misuse

These are the type of issues that can really affect how you live your life and how successful you can be in living independently. By talking and being listened to and exploring your challenges with a trained counsellor, you can begin to feel less stuck and more able to overcome your problems.

Therapy for children too

As 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14, Open Minds works with the children’s service as well as supporting adults.

It provides therapies for many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Luton who have fled war-torn countries and been separated from their families and previous way of life.

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