An Edge Hill academic has been working tirelessly during the current pandemic to ensure families in Liverpool are not going hungry and offering free therapy sessions to key workers.
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Dr Helen Wall, has also been holding online psychotherapy and hypnotherapy clinics for frontline workers at south Liverpool children’s centre, Five Children and Families Trust, since the national lockdown started in March.
Helen wanted to give something back to this charity as the centre supported her on a personal level many years ago and helped her on her career path by allowing her to work with clients during her training as a clinical hypnotherapist and solution focussed psychotherapist.
“The centre supported me many years back when I had my little boy and I have seen first-hand the fantastic work that they do to help and support families, those living with domestic violence, who need food banks and they really do go above and beyond.
“Lockdown has affected people in many ways with many feeling desperately lonely, scared, totally burnt out and many suffering with heighted levels of health anxiety, sleep problems and OCD. I really wanted to do something to help those and give something back to such a fantastic centre.”
Explaining why she is so passionate about their work, Helen said:
“During my training the centre offered me a room to practice from and I worked with some of their staff members at the end of their shift to provide support to help them reduce their stress levels and burnout. Since qualifying in December, I have continued to work with staff online and I am now a volunteer to help them with their Christmas day appeal which is such a fantastically, heart-warming initiative set up by the centre to provide breakfast, gifts and Christmas dinner to vulnerable families in the local area who otherwise would struggle.
“I absolutely love helping clients and feel very passionate about mental health and wellbeing and my training has helped me to cope throughout this pandemic. I feel very lucky and blessed to be able to help people on their life journey and I’m very keen to give back as much as possible as this children’s centre work very hard day in and day out. Helping them at Christmas will put a huge smile on so many families faces at the end of a hugely challenging year.”
Helen is supporting Five Children and Families Trust with their Christmas Day in a Box 2020 fundraiser, which aims to deliver food boxes to up to 1,000 homes in South Liverpool. A shocking 3,450 children across the Speke and Garston area are living in poverty. To help, Helen has been donating her client fees to the fundraiser and has volunteered to assist with the packing and delivering of Christmas boxes to help the families most in need.
If anyone would like to help this cause, please visit their GoFundMe page.
Child poverty has been widely documented in the news recently, with footballer Marcus Rashford MBE’s campaign to ensure no child goes hungry. This is a campaign that resonates with the values of Edge Hill and the University has been fully supporting this campaign and has pledged to help local schools with food supplies during the half-term and over Christmas if they need help.
If you are interested in studying psychology at Edge Hill University, please visit our course page.
More info about the services Helen offers https://helenshypnotherapyliverpool.co.uk/