The nature of emotional support and counselling provision for people with sight loss in the United Kingdom

Joanne Pybis, Mhairi Thurston*, Catherine M. Dennison, Matt Broom, Andrew Miller

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People with sight loss in the United Kingdom are known to have lower levels of emotional wellbeing and to be at higher risk of depression. Consequently ‘having someone to talk to’ is an important priority for people with visual impairment. An on-line survey of the provision of emotional support and counselling for people affected by sight loss across the UK was undertaken. The survey was distributed widely and received 182 responses. There were more services offering ‘emotional support’, in the form of listening and information and advice giving, than offered ‘counselling’. Services were delivered by providers with differing qualifications in a variety of formats. Waiting times were fairly short and clients presented with a wide range of issues. Funding came from a range of sources, but many felt their funding was vulnerable. Conclusions have been drawn about the need for a national standardised framework for the provision of emotional support and counselling services for blind and partially sighted people in the UK
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-176
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Vsual Impairment
Issue number2
Early online date12 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


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