Living with prostate cancer can be hard to deal with emotionally, as well as physically and can affect how you feel. If you’re feeling down or worried and are finding it hard to deal with things, we’re here for you.
We are piloting a free counselling service for men with a prostate cancer diagnosis and their partners.
This service could help improve your quality of life by:
- providing personalised support that is tailored to your circumstances
- reducing the sense of fear, anxiety and/or depression that you might be feeling
- improving how you cope emotionally with living with cancer or after cancer
- helping you feel empowered to manage your own emotions
- increasing your confidence and motivation.
Our qualified counsellors are members of a professional body like NCS or BACP and have experience supporting a wide range of people in different situations.
How to request counselling?
Call our helpline to discuss whether counselling suits your needs with one of our Specialist Nurses. If it's not right for you, we will help find more suitable support. You can also ask all the questions you need answers to, or just talk. Our nurses have time for you.
Many people get support by talking to close family members or friends. But you may find certain feelings hard to share with them. It can sometimes be useful to talk to someone from outside your situation, who has been trained to listen. Counsellors can help you explore your feelings and talk through confusing or upsetting emotions.
A counsellor will not give you their opinions or advice or prescribe medication. They will help you find your own solutions, whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with your problems.
During a session, your counsellor may take you through specific exercises designed to help with your problem, or you might have more general discussions about how you're feeling. What you talk about will vary depending on what you want help with.
There are many reasons that people might seek counselling. For more information, visit the National Counselling Society.
Emotional support handbook
If you feel counselling isn’t right for you, or you’re already getting mental health support from somewhere else, our handbook might be more suitable for you.
It’s been designed to guide you through the emotional challenges you might be experiencing and offers simple exercises to manage short-term anxiety at key stages of your diagnosis and treatment.
We find it’s easiest to print it out and use as a handbook, but you can also grab a pen and paper to complete the activities whilst looking at the instructions on your screen.