The impact of bushfires can have a lasting impact on the communities affected which is why Relationships Australia NSW is now offering a free counselling service for families, couples, individuals and communities affected by October’s fires.
“The impact of extended fear, losing your home, disruption to routine or significant changes in your community can be significant and long-term,” said Meghan Bailey from Relationships Australia NSW.
“The people affected by the 2013 bushfires may still be struggling to come to terms with their loss and may need a little extra support.”
Services are available in various locations in the Mountains including Katoomba and the Springwood area. To access the free service, phone Relationships Australia Bathurst on 6333 8888 or Penrith on 4728 4800. Let the staff know you are calling about the free bushfire counselling support.
“As well as seeking counselling and support for ourselves it’s important to be a little more gentle and a whole lot more forgiving of those near to us at these times – whether they are friends, family, neighbours or strangers,” Ms Bailey said.
“We don’t have to look hard to find the great wealth of opportunities people have found to be extraordinary in a crisis. The depth of compassion, courage and generosity expressed in response to unthinkable tragedy is evident everywhere we turn.”
Relationships Australia offers counselling, parenting education and community support in over 200 locations nationally. All services are confidential and provided by counsellors experienced in supporting individuals and families. For more information call Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277 or visit www.nsw.relationships.com.au.