THE LUCY RAYNER FOUNDATION – LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT

The Lucy Rayner Foundation aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression and mental health challenges, especially in young adults, and to facilitate change in the way mental health is being perceived by society.

Our Services – How We Help

Free Counselling Service

6 weeks of 1-1 counselling with a trained counsellor in a safe, therapeutic environment, to help young people who are suffering with mental health conditions. More…

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Surrey Suicide Bereavement Service

Our suicide bereavement support service offers practical support, advice and, if needed, advocacy, for families who are dealing with the loss of a loved one through suicide. Read more…

Surrey Suicide Bereavement Service

Support Groups

As well as our counselling and suicide bereavement services, we offer a number of support meetings and drop-in groups open to everyone. See the Services tab in the main menu.

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A heartfelt message to young people…

The Scale of the Problem

Raising Awareness – Changing Minds & Hearts

Talks & Workshops

As well as talks and presentations, we offer half-day, full-day or bespoke awareness workshops for schools, universities and workplaces.

Here you’ll learn about the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, how to recognise them in yourself, friends and family, and what action you can take to help yourself and those you love.

Learn more…

Mental Health awareness workshops

MHFA Training

The Lucy Rayner Foundation are accredited by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England to offer Mental Health First Aid training.

On these courses you’ll learn how to recognise the crucial warning signs and symptoms of mental ill health and feel confident to guide someone
to appropriate support, even in a crisis situation.

See our courses page…

mental health awareness workshops

Film & Video Campaigns

From the multi-award winning documentary LUCY – Breaking the Silence, to short films we have helped to fund, and campaign videos we have devised and created ourselves, we have found that film is a powerful and effective way to spread the message of the need for a change in the way Mental Health is perceived and understood in society.

If you have a project in mind, please do get in touch.

Mental health awareness films

Just a few of the things we achieved in 2021

Mental Health First Aiders trained

Children reached through our School Programme

Social Media Campaigns

Families seen through our Surrey Suicide Bereavement Service

Mens and Womens group that regularly attended

Spent on free counselling

People trained through our workshops

Testimonials

SSBS Testimonial

At the worst time in my life, I was grasping around trying to find someone who could listen and help me try to make sense of my world which had come crashing down and no longer made any sense whatsoever. I felt like a little boat out in a raging sea with no anchor, no one to steer, and everything so dangerous – being constantly battered by enormous waves. Filled with huge anxiety and fear, I knew I had to do something. Plucking up courage I tried various contacts I had been given or had ‘googled’ only to hear an answering machine or to be told to fill in a form but there was a long waiting list. Jenny was the only one who said, ‘Yes, let’s meet’. I met her the next day at her office and immediately got that she understood what I was going through. Immediately there was some relief, and I was able to open up more. Jenny listened patiently with empathy and understanding. By the end, I even managed a smile and felt a little lighter. Jenny has literally been my lifeline at a very dark time for me and my family. She gave me hope at a time when I had none and didn’t know which way to turn. Her positive energy helped me see that although this awfulness would never go away, there was hope. I will be forever grateful to this amazing lady and her wonderful charity.

SSBS Testimonial

I was visited by Lucy’s Mum, Jenny. It was wonderful to speak with her, she knew what I was going through. It was a moment of sanity and clarity in my darkest hours. They provided me six sessions with an amazing therapist who I still see today. They gave me a lifeline, hope and faith, that I could survive and be ok. For that I am so grateful, I don’t know where I would be today without them.

SSBS Testimonial

I have suffered several suicides of close family members, of a friend and attempted suicides of other family members and myself. I was referred to Lucy Rainer foundation coming out of psychotherapy in the NHS. Initially the idea was that I might benefit from some further counselling but on discussion the sessions would be limited and in fact I would benefit from more long-term support. As such I have joined the women’s group support session, which is held each week for an hour, discussing wellbeing and providing mutual peer support. I find the group to be a good support and to be a nice space to share and support each other – It is good to bring up issues, not serious mental health issues but more day to day sort of things that many people experience and for us to work out ways to collectively have a little bit more sunshine in our lives. People with serious mental health issues can also benefit from tackling the daily, little and achievable things that make live better. The group is part of a number of things I use to support myself – including professional mental health support – but it is an important part and is valued.

Counselling Testimonial

It was nice to get things off my chest….I felt I could talk about anything and not feel embarrassed or judged. I’ve learnt that it’s OK to not be OK. I’m going to try to be more confident in myself and move on from past trauma and have a brighter, optimistic look on the future. It was very good and helped me a lot. Thank you.

Counselling Testimonial

I just want to say a huge Thankyou to you all. I called up last year about my 19-year-old daughter who was feeling depressed & anxious, you phoned me back straight away which was amazing as I was also feeling depressed, it actually made me feel so much better that there was someone out there that cared & wanted to help, Thank you so so much. I also came to one of your lady’s groups on a Wednesday evening which was good fun ( sorry I haven’t been back I’ve been working. My daughter has now completed her 6 counselling sessions & is feeling a lot better, she has even applied for her dream job in cabin crew that she was feeling so anxious about & had an interview for this, this week. You really do make a difference

Counselling Testimonial

I am really grateful for the counselling sessions with Denisa and will miss them! She was absolutely lovely, kind, empathic, open minded and easy to talk to. She shows genuine interest and care and I’ve found it a real pleasure and so helpful to work with her. I’d also like to say a big thank you to Jenny and Sandie for their time and help. What a wonderful charity the Lucy Rayner Foundation is to provide counselling free of charge and so quickly such an amazing support that would otherwise not have been available to many people. I feel privileged to have received such a service and would definitely recommend it to others

Get Involved – Make A Difference

Come to an Event

Family fun days, Music gigs, Community events, Fishing competitions, Golf tournaments, Gala balls, Social media campaigns, Prize auctions – We are always busy organising fundraising events.

Check out our events calendar, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date.

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Volunteer or Pledge

There’s always plenty of things to do, so if you’re looking to make a positive difference, why not come along and volunteer, or make us a pledge?

Or maybe you have a fundraising idea? Whether you run, bake, swim, cycle, sing, or anything else, you can fundraise at school, work, or through an organised event.

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Sponsor us

We are hugely grateful to all the individuals, companies, foundations and agencies who sponsor our events.

If your company or organisation would like to support us in making a real difference, maybe sponsoring an event, fundraising, or helping for a whole year, why not ask about corporate sponsorship. We’d love to hear from you.

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We’ve got BIG plans, can YOU help us?

The Lucy Rayner Foundation is proudly sponsored by these very generous organisations, THANK YOU!

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