Lifeline provides support

LIFELINE Community Care has been activated in Rockhampton to provide support to those affected by the wildfires in Central Queensland.

Lifeline is responsible for providing counselling services and psychological first-aid to those affected.

Lifeline provides this support through its Community Recovery Program, a program specifically designed to provide support to individuals and communities affected by disasters or events.

Lifeline Community Recovery state coordinator Richard Johnson said it was important those affected by the fires talked to loved ones or professional help services about how they were feeling and coping.

“The intensity of the psycho-social impact of fires often unfolds and peaks days and even weeks after the event,” Mr Johnson said.

“With the ongoing threats of further fires, most at risk will be focused on tending to their immediate needs.

“When the fires subside and the realisation of the extent of personal damage and disruption is felt, this is when Lifeline Community Recovery officers are most needed.

“I would like to remind all residents in this region that the 24-hour Crisis Counselling Line 13 11 14 is available should you need to talk to someone.” Those wishing to make a face-to-face appointment with a counsellor can contact the Lifeline centre on 4930 7300 to arrange an appointment.

To make a financial donation to Lifeline's Community Recovery Program, call 3250 1934.

Helpful tips for those affected by the fires:

• Do, when you are ready and in your own time, talk with others who care for you;

• Do share your feelings, and provide support for your children to share theirs;

• Do try to keep the rest of your lives as normal as possible during the period of stress;

• Do take time to be with your close family and friends and

• Do look after yourself - diet, sleep, time out.

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