The JNF is making an urgent appeal for funds to keep its doors open to people at risk of suicide.
The Joshua Nolan Foundation (JNF) was set up in 2014 after Founder and mother Laura Nolan lost her son, Josh, to suicide. Having experienced first-hand the difficulty in accessing the right services and support, Laura decided to set up the charity to help others who are at risk of suicide access specialist counselling.
With the demand for our services increasing, we are currently helping more people than ever. Sadly, due to lack of funds, for the first time ever we have had to stop taking on any new clients.
The charity, which relies entirely on the support of donations from the local public and businesses to carry out its work, has provided specialist counselling to 30 people who are at risk of suicide since January 2016. The foundation now faces closing its doors for good if it doesn’t receive urgent funding over the coming weeks.
Matthew Middler, Chairman of JNF said “Every day two people in Scotland take their own life and suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20 and 49. The JNF was set up to help tackle this huge issue and provide people with the specialist counselling they need. The JNF has helped so many people already. Now more than ever we need the support of the public to continue providing these vital services”.
JNF will be marking the anniversary of Josh’s death today Saturday 18 August, with a walk around Arthur’s Seat. The charity will also be launching their ‘Save JNF’ campaign which will encourage people to dig deep and help this important local cause.
Matthew continued, “We are calling on the generous people of Edinburgh to save JNF and to help keep our doors open to the many people who need our help. Just £40 pays for one counselling session which could be a vital part of someone’s journey to recovery. £1000 pays for a full block of sessions, which may just save a life”.
If you can show your support and help Save Josh’s Legacy please visit JNF’s fundraising page