Mental check-up offer

GYMPIE region residents impacted by the Australia Day weekend floods can access free mental health services under an initiative funded by Sunshine Coast Medicare Local.

Sunshine Coast Medicare Local CEO Ian Landreth said yesterday people were affected in different ways by disasters.

"Sometimes it is not the event itself which causes anxiety in people, but the isolation caused by closure of roads and inability to access services and support networks," Mr Landreth said.

"This kind of trauma can have a significant impact on vulnerable people.

"People may present with sleep disorders, or fear of going outside, and people may even become depressed or anxious about other things in their life as a result of their homes or their neighbourhood being hit by storms and floodwaters."

Sunshine Coast Medicare Local funds mental health counselling through local health organisation, Focus Health Network, to support the wellbeing of the Sunshine Coast and Gympie communities.

Focus Health Network has been working in Gympie for more than 10 years and is the largest non-government provider of mental health services in the region.

The service is free.

Contact Focus Health Network on 1300 880 574 to arrange an appointment.

Gympie Times


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