LIFELINE Hunter Central Coast is boosting crisis support for people in Karuah.
The charity has established a free face to face counselling service in the town and is also offering subsidised training to help community members identify people at risk of suicide, know how to keep them safe and link them to the right help.
Lifeline Hunter’s manager comprehensive suicide prevention service Robyn Lawrence said the additional support for the local community is on top of Lifeline services such as its 24-hour telephone crisis support line.
Lifeline is also supporting work by the Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network to establish community signs on available support to people in crisis.
The first sign for Karuah will be erected later this month at 363 Tarean Road.
The two-day ASSIST training is on 15 and 16 May at Karuah & District RSL from 8.45am to 4.30pm.
The cost is normally $445 but is only $100 per person thanks to support from the Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network and Primary Health Network.
Ms Lawrence said the training was ideal for teachers, health care workers, community services workers and general community members.
Face to face counselling is now offered in Karuah every Tuesday between 9am and 3pm at the Karuah Medical Centre at 406 Tarean Rd. To book please phone 4940 2000.
Lifeline’s expertly trained counsellors can assist people in crisis or who need general personal or relationship counselling. The confidential service is free and there is no limit to the number of one hour sessions people can access thanks to funding from the local Primary Health Network.
“Our counselling means people who may not be able to afford to see a psychologist or wait for an appointment in the public health systems get the support they need,” Ms Lawrence said.
“Our counselling is for everyone and our teams are trained to offer appropriate support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other minorities,” she said.
Suicide rates in Australia are at 10 year highs and are double the number of people who die on our roads.
For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.