It’s the night before the half marathon and I’m thinking about my fellow team Josh runners and their hard work – those who’ve helped get the Josh Nolan Foundation to where we are now. But most of all I’m thinking about my beautiful son Josh. The run and the foundation is all about getting vulnerable people in Scotland the help and support they need. It’s all about Josh’s legacy being something amazing, something that can touch the lives of others in a positive way. We need your help to do that, so please give generously and let’s offer a helping hand to those who need it most.”

Laura Nolan, JNF Founder – 24th May 2014

What The JNF Does

We work with our partner counsellors to fund counselling sessions for people who have been identified as ‘at risk’ of suicide.

We raise money to help fund these sessions contributing a percentage of the money needed to cover the ongoing sessions.

No one at the JNF identifies or selects which people get the funding. The highly trained counsellors we partner with identify the people who they believe to be at risk and should receive the funding.

All counsellors must meet our criteria and show evidence of:

  • Relevant technical qualifications
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Regular supervisor support
  • Crisis management training

(Please note – we don’t employ any counsellors, we have counsellor advisors who help us find like-minded colleagues who meet our criteria and are willing to help with the work of the JNF.)

How the JNF works


We partner with highly trained counsellors who identify people who are ‘at risk’ of suicide but cannot afford the cost of ongoing counselling sessions.


The counsellor assesses how many initial sessions are needed and how much the person can afford to contribute themselves. They’re encouraged to contribute a small amount to show willing on their part to continue the sessions.


In consultation with the counsellor the JNF funds the remaining cost of the sessions. The counsellor will update us on the progress of the person and if more sessions or funding is needed.


JNF don’t hold any personal details of the people who attend the funded sessions and full anonymity is guaranteed by the counsellor.

The Joshua Nolan Foundation is a registered SCIO, number SC045351