14 Sep 2020

Centacare offering ongoing support

The Southern Cross  |  August 2020

Centacare offering ongoing support

Phone counselling for people struggling with family stress, social isolation and other challenges in the wake of COVID-19 continues to be accessed from Centacare.

Executive manager of Centacare’s Health, Wellbeing and Education Services, Helene Nielsen, said the telephone counselling, which started at the end of March, had been well received by people who needed short-term support due to the impacts of the pandemic.

“We are certainly seeing a lot of people presenting with various stress, anxiety and depression issues at this time,” Ms Nielsen said.

“The impact on households as income becomes unstable has an immense effect on people’s mental health and social isolation is another concern.”

Commending the ACBC for its annual Social Justice Statement, Ms Nielsen said the effects of the pandemic on mental health would be felt for a long time.

“One of the things that  increases people’s wellbeing is connection and one of the things this pandemic has done is isolate people and keep them apart, exacerbating challenges for those already at risk,” she said.

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