Research carried out by MHF Scotland, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded explores the mental health impacts of visual impairment.

20 December 2019
Source: Royal Blind

The findings highlight that sight loss can have a significant emotional and psychological impact on people’s lives, with fear, isolation, loss of self-esteem and depression having an impact. Despite this, the findings reveal emotional support is rarely offered by statutory health services, leaving many people with sight loss to cope on their own and that more support is needed to

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Referrals change lives

Daniel and his guide dog

29 April 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

It’s time for your regular appointment at your local high street optician. Each year you receive a reminder letter and you go along feeling relaxed and ready to enjoy the rest of your day after your appointment is over. Thousands of people do this every day and many thousands do come away feeling happy and relieved and go on to

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Macular Society: “The counsellor helped me to contain the feelings of fear, anxiety, despair and helplessness I was experiencing”

24 April 2019
Source: Macular Society

“It is normal to experience powerful feelings after diagnosis and subsequent losses and changes. These deserve time, attention and thinking about. When we give our feelings space and time, the intensity lessens and we can get on with the business of living with macular disease.” Norma contacted the Macular Society’s Counselling Service after feeling a profound sense of loss when

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Macular Society: Simplyhealth funds counselling service for people with sight loss

27 October 2017
Source: Macular Society

Simplyhealth has donated £30,000 to the Macular Society to help people with macular disease gain access to vital counselling services.   The Macular Society, the national sight loss charity, offers free telephone counselling by accredited counsellors which provides emotional support for people struggling to cope with the devastating effects of losing their sight. In the UK over 200[1] people are diagnosed

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Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness: New report: Someone cares if I’m not there

11 July 2017
Source: Sense

A new report, Someone cares if I’m not there explores why loneliness affects so many people with disabilities, from the perspective of disabled people themselves. The report reveals how disabled people can experience loneliness for a wide range of reasons, including; poor access to services, inaccessible transport and venues, and financial challenges. Social attitudes are also a significant barrier, as many struggle

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

17 May 2016
Source: BJVI

We are please to inform you that  the article on ‘The nature of emotional support and counselling provision for people with sight loss in the United Kingdom’ written by members of the VISION 2020 UK Counselling and Emotional Support Services Committee has now been published in the BJVI. Below is the Abstract link which we are able to send out to

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Sight loss patients with depression are “routinely overlooked” New study by Guide Dogs charity and Cardiff University

27 January 2016

A new study has revealed that nearly half of people attending NHS low vision clinics for help with sight loss suffer from symptoms of clinical depression – but they are not being diagnosed or given the treatment they need. According to the Depression in Visual Impairment Trial (DEPVIT), 43% of people who lose their sight go on to battle depression,

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