The Counselling Careline is a free, confidential helpline that offers support for Freemasons, their wives, partners or widows, and children between the ages of 17 and 25 in full-time education
Stuart, a Surrey Freemason, had been feeling low for some time. His hours had been cut at work and he was so worried about being made redundant that he couldn’t sleep at night.
‘I had heard about the Careline, but stubbornness and pride kept me from picking up the phone. I also didn’t want my lodge to know about my difficulties, but then I found out the Careline is independent of the charity – and as usual my wife made me see sense.’
A face-to-face appointment was arranged for the day after Stuart’s first call. ‘Since then, my counsellor has helped me deal with work-related anxiety as well as other issues that had been affecting me for a long time. I now feel better equipped to deal with life’s challenges.’
To access the Counselling Careline, call the MCF’s freephone enquiry line on 0800 035 60 90