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Online therapy ‘gave me a way to cope’

One type of support that is on offer for people with mental health issues is internet-based therapy, which involves chatting to someone and getting advice online.

Graham Satchell has been to meet Nick Martin, who has benefited from this way of treating depression.

BBC News

Season’s Greetings

Boarding Concern would like to wish our website visitors all the best for the Holidays and a peaceful and healthy New Year 2017.

We would particularly like to thank our Supporters for their donations during this past year. If you would like to support our work, please click here.

This past year, we have:

  • held our Conference
  • launched our updated website
  • continued to support former boarders, their partners and others affected by boarding
  • attended numerous events, including book launches
  • published our newsletters

We thank those of you who have used our Contact Us forms to send us your feedback on our new website. We welcome your suggestions and comments as we continue to develop this site in the months ahead, particularly the Boarding Today section.

Since launching, we have heard from journalists and broadcasters that our Boarding News section is now the “go to” place for the real news about UK boarding.

The New Year 2017 promises to bring us all new challenges. We hope to publish a book of women’s stories of boarding and speak at the University of Brighton conference in September. Keep an eye on Our News page for more details of what’s happening in the New Year.

Forum registration

We have recently had some issues with Forum registrations.

If you would like access to our Forum, please reapply.

If you continue to receive a rejection, please contact us via our Contact Us form so we can verify your application. Please include your requested username and email address. Thank you.

Justice for the Shirley Oaks survivors?

We note the publication by the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA) of their report today. The report detailed systematic abuse by 60 paedophiles against thousands of young people in the residential care of Lambeth Council in South London.

We also note the comments by Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP for Streatham, that the Home Office should also be held liable for the abuses at Shirley Oaks.

We wonder if the Department for Education should be held liable for abuses that boarding school survivors suffered (and continue to suffer) in schools regulated and approved by them? Especially when schools have closed down and former proprietors, etc have died or disappeared.

The Guardian

BBC News

Save the Date: Saturday, 9 September 2017


University of Brighton @ Falmer – Saturday, 9 September 2017

A conference for psychotherapists, counsellors, mental health workers, boarding school survivors and other interested people.

Conference overall aims are to:

  • Present key aspects of what has been published about the psychological and other effects of boarding.
  • Explore helpful therapeutic approaches for clients who are former boarders.
  • Consider current research and a possible agenda for future research
  • Enable networking amongst those interested in this important topic

More details including speakers here in early 2017. (Please note: this event is being organised independently of Boarding Concern.)