Where there is Hope…There are No Limits

The Holding Hope project is available to individuals 18+.  To get an appointment with Holding Hope you will need to contact Compass by their phone number or email.  When you contact Compass you will be offered an assessment by the Counselling Service Manager and if you meet the criteria you will be assigned a counsellor within two working days. You will then be offered four sessions of counselling.  Most counselling takes place at Compass in Liverpool city centre, but appointments are also available in Sefton.

Who is the COMPASS “Holding Hope” project aimed at?

“Holding Hope” will specifically, but not exclusively target young men who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or who have already attempted suicide. The focus is to provide skilled assistance at an early stage and prevent problems escalating.  Remember Suicide is preventable.  You are not alone and can get help now.  “Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain.”  You are not a bad person, or crazy, or weak or flawed, because you feel suicidal. It doesn’t even mean you really want to die – it only means you have more pain than you can cope with right now.

Talking to a Counsellor

It can be a great relief and therapeutic just to talk to a sympathetic, understanding, uncritical listener. It is an opportunity to talk about your concerns in a confidential setting with a counsellor who will listen to you carefully and help you to explore your situation.  It is up to you to choose what to talk about. Counselling can help you to get a clear understanding about yourself, your problems and your feelings.  Counselling can help you to discover different ways of thinking, feeling and behaving but cannot change your circumstances for you.  Compass counsellors will help you make your own choices and decisions, but will not give advice or tell you what to do.

 Holding Hope is part of the Compass programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing in Merseyside and is funded by the Mark McQueen Foundation.

  • All COMPASS counsellors have a professional qualification.

  • All our counsellors are required to experience counselling themselves as part of their training.

  • Compass counsellors seek to make no discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, physical disability, politics, religion, sexual orientation, social status or any other area.

  • Counsellors are not doctors or psychiatrists so they cannot prescribe medication or diagnose mental or physical illness.

  • Appointments are with the same counsellor and are normally on the same day and at the same time each week. They usually last for about one hour.

  • All counselling within Compass is confidential and information will not be give to anyone outside COMPASS without your permission, except in exceptional circumstances. These will be explained to you at your first appointment.

All COMPASS counsellors work to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice; this can be viewed at on the website of the BACP.

In particular “Holding Hope” aims will be to:

  • Provide an alternative and easily accessible ‘first stop’ service.

  • Provide assistance at an early stage in order to stop problems escalating.

  • Provide empathy, understanding through active listening.

  • To instill hope when none exists.

  • To provide direction for those who do not know where to seek help

To access the Holding Hope counselling service please click on the link below and ensure that a competed referral form is returned one of the following ways

email: enquiries@compass-counselling.org.uk

fax: 0151 237 3994

post: COMPASS, 151 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2AH

Compass Referral Form