Media Release – Lifeline Counselling service resumes in Belmont to help local people
Where: Belmont Neighbourhood Centre, 359 Pacific Highway Belmont North.
People living in Belmont and surrounding areas of Lake Macquarie again have local access to affordable Lifeline counselling, thanks to the support of a local Club.
Face to face counselling sessions are now available every Monday at the Belmont Neighbourhood Centre.
Lifeline Hunter Central Coast regional manager, Rob Sams, said Lifeline had to suspend its local counselling service in 2015 but new funding from Belmont 16s through Lake Macquarie Club Grants means the service can resume.
Mr Sams said Lifeline’s service provides professional, confidential, low cost, counselling on all manner of personal and relationship issues. He said many people can’t afford a private psychologist or to wait for a public system appointment.
“Our counselling fills a much-needed gap and it is for everyone,” Mr Sams said.
“Our trained counsellors help those in crisis but also help prevent people from reaching a crisis point,” he said.
One hour counselling sessions are subsidised to cost $40 ($20 for concession card holders).
Belmont 16s CEO Scott Williams said the Club saw Lifeline’s service as a vital one that will benefit many people in the local community. He said funding for Lifeline was part of $377,000 in funding delivered through the Lake Macquarie Club Grants Scheme by 18 local clubs.
“Our funding of Lifeline counselling in Belmont is another example of local clubs helping local communities,” Mr Williams said.
Belmont Neighbourhood Centre are excited to have Lifeline back in the building. “We jumped at the opportunity to partner with Lifeline again”, said Centre Coordinator, Christopher Brown. “We’re very hands-on at our centre, so we like that clients can engage face-to-face with a counselor rather than talk over the phone,” he said.
Mr Sams is looking to obtain other funding to further expand the service locally. Counselling is one of the services Lifeline provides to local people to help save local lives and support those bereaved by suicide. Other services include the 13 11 14 crisis support line, training, support groups and other community suicide prevention programs.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for all Australians aged between 15 and 44. Twice as many people are lost to suicide as die on our roads. Many more people attempt to take their own life each year.
To book a counselling session please phone Lifeline on 4940 2000. More information about Lifeline’s counselling is also available from http://www.lifelinehunter.org.au/find-help/
If this raises issue for you call Lifeline on 13 11 14.