Telehealth counselling now available

Lifeline’s Jessica Woods can recommend services for Guyra residents
09th Mar 2021

A free telehealth counselling service is now available for people living in rural areas, or for those wishing to seek help from home. Kimberley Squires, Community Engagement Coordinator, Lifeline Direct said that it has been a particularly difficult year for many. Multiple stresses such as the bushfires, drought and COVID have brought unprecedented pressures on families and individuals in the New England region.
“Many community members saw the fires firsthand while working to save their properties and ensuring their families were safe. Some community members lost their homes and saw the devastation to livestock and bushland. These experiences have brought financial pressures, family stress and trauma that are often very difficult to manage alone.
“Face to face counselling is now available for bookings. It is totally free and available to anyone in our communities experiencing stress, anxiety or sadness following the bushfires,” said Ms Squires. “Lifeline New England is encouraging anyone feeling worried, sad or anxious to contact our team to talk about ways to manage these feelings and get back to enjoying life.”
This local counselling program is funded by the Primary Health Network Hunter New England Central Coast. Peer Worker, Jessica Woods began work for Lifeline in January this year and her role is to engage with the Guyra and Armidale local communities and recommend services available to them. 
Whilst at this stage face to face counselling is available in Armidale for Guyra residents, telehealth options are also accessible for those wishing to seek help from home. Counselling is available now and bookings can be made by calling 1300 152 854. No referral is required for this service. 
For 24/7 crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14
Online crisis support chat is also available 7pm – midnight (AEST) 7 days a week: