Signpost urgently needs your help.
Unfortunately, due to a chronic lack of funding, we are in a severe financial crisis and at serious risk of closing at the end of December 2018 after 44 years supporting young people in south and west Hertfordshire.
We have set up a GoFund Me page to allow people to donate if they are able, as well as working with local businesses and young people, to look at other ways in which to encourage support and raise funds.
If you are able to donate please use this link, and/or share the link https://uk.gofundme.com/save-signpost
Signpost provides counselling, coaching and other mental health support to young people aged 11-25 in South West Hertfordshire. Mainly run by volunteer counsellors, Signpost has helped countless young people facing difficulties ranging from anxiety, depression and family breakdowns to abuse, self harm and suicidal thoughts and the demand for our service is only increasing.
In 2016-17 alone we saw 500 young people
87% started to engage and perform better at school/work,
79% were getting in less trouble with teachers/the police,
72% felt less angry,
67% had a happier home life and
59% had reduced self harm and suicidal thoughts because of the support Signpost gave them.
In order to survive and continue to serving young people in 2019 and beyond, we need to raise £20, 000 by the end of November and so ask you to please give generously, spread the word and save Signpost #savesignpost
When asked “How do you think your life would have been without counselling?” our clients said:
“It would not have been as good as it is now. I wouldn’t have confidence in myself. I would have tried to end my life.”
“I would have messed up my final year at Uni. Been more depressed and given up on life.”
“My life would have been very hard to handle and even possibly non-existent.”
“I would not be going to school. I would not be able to go out with my friends. I would be anxious and depressed.”
“Maybe dead or self -harming to extreme, most likely in hospital, sectioned constantly. Not living the life I would like to live now.”
“I would still think less of myself. I would still be depressed and much more anxious. I would still be drinking huge amounts.”
“I would have failed to cope with my emotions and would probably have lost my job.”
“My suicidal thoughts would have got the better of me. I would not be here.”
“I would have felt I was ‘surviving’ rather than ‘living’.”