starfishAn old man was walking on the beach one morning after a storm. In the distance, he could see someone moving like a dancer. As he came closer, he saw that it was a young woman picking up starfish and gently throwing them into the ocean.

“Young lady, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

“The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die,” she said.

“But young lady, do you not realize that there are many miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You cannot possibly make a difference.”

The young woman listened politiely, then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea.

“It made a difference for that one.”

A parable told and retold, the original author is unknown

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  • 21/07/2017 at 12:26 pm

    hello, my name is hina I work at wellness sin mind covering city areas and at Broxtowe women’s project (domestic abuse service for women) covering Broxtowe areas of notts. do you cover all these areas?
    what age range do you cover?
    currently I have come across a young girl aged 12 years old. experiencing bullying. various other issues affecting her emotional health. self harm and suicide thoughts. also she is a lesbian and wants to be a boy. can you help her?

    • 12/10/2017 at 11:19 am


      I apologise that we have only just found your message which was sent in July, we have an upgrade in place at the moment on our website and things aren’t running smoothly, the message was lost within some automated bot posts.

      Our service covers the whole of Nottinghamshire and we can work with individuals from the age of 11.

      We are based in Arnold and individuals can access one to one counselling at our base in Arnot Hill Park.

      Demand for our service is high and current waiting times are between 16 and 20 weeks to be placed.

      I apologise for the oversight of your original message and hope that you were able to find support for the young girl who you mentioned.

      Harmless are a good service to contact in such cases, they also run a suicide prevention project called the Tomorrow Project which you probably already know about.
      If you require any further information please e mail direct to that will definitely get straight through to us,

      Yours with warm regards,

      Hilary Brown


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