FWLHD and Lifeline team up to offer Bereavement Service

Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) and Lifeline Connect are teaming up to provide counselling and individualised support to people having trouble following the death of a loved one.

The Bereavement Counselling Service is brand new to the Far West, having launched on Monday September 4 and will be run by Kim O’Donnell who has worked as a counsellor in various roles with non-government agencies over many years.

“The service will be available to people living within the Far West and will use a combination of face-to-face counselling when the counsellor is on site in Broken Hill, but also via telephone or video conferencing. The service will support people who have experienced the death of a loved one, however, it is not an emergency service,” Melissa Cumming representative from Far West LHD said.

In person counselling will be provided at the Lifeline Connect Centre in Broken Hill on 194 Argent Street, on a periodic basis to begin with. Once established, travel to other areas in the district will be available and bereavement support groups set up.

“This new service will provide the community with a much-needed bereavement counselling service. Helping individuals to cope with the loss of someone close to them,” Lorna Woodward, Regional Coordinator Lifeline Connect said.

Self-referral is encouraged, and a GP recommendation is not required. As of today, referrals can be made Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm by phoning Lifeline Broken Hill on 08 8087 7525 or dropping into the Lifeline Connect Centre at 194 Argent St Broken Hill.

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