Relate BFG is preparing for a surge in enquiries from couples whose relationships have reached breaking point over the summer. Last year, the national charity Relate received a 9% increase in calls in September 2016 compared to an average month in 2016 along with a 9% rise in web traffic. This makes it the second busiest time of year after the post-Christmas peak it sees in January.
Relate BFG says that relationships are often already at crisis point by the time people come to them in September. School holidays, enforced jollity at rainy seaside resorts and financial pressures are just some of the reasons that summer can be the final straw. Some couples head straight for the divorce court, with family lawyers also experiencing a rise in the number of new clients at this time of year.
Relate BFG wants to encourage anyone with concerns about their relationship to get in touch before things head into real difficulties. They say that, whilst it’s never too late to ask for support, the earlier you tackle problems in your relationship, the more likely you are to overcome them.
Relate BFG family counsellor Ric Hoskins said: “Most of us look forward to the summer holidays. But if you’re already having problems in your relationship then the pressure of juggling work, keeping the kids entertained and spending concentrated time with your partner might tip things over the edge. Tempers can get frayed and families can end up counting down the days until September begins. By the time schools re-open, some relationships are in a pretty bad state.
“We’d suggest seeking help at the earliest possible stage rather than leaving it until things get to crisis point.”