LifeWorks launches Mobile Support Centres in response to Australian bushfires
Published by: LifeWorks,
On-site counselling support follows national roll-out of Crisis Support Line for 24/7 emotional and mental health support
MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, LifeWorks by Morneau Shepell deployed four Mobile Support Centres which will provide on-site counselling and trauma support in select designated safe zones throughout New South Wales and Victoria. This on-site support is part of a broader Community Support Program which includes free, nationwide 24/7 emotional and trauma support through their Crisis Support Line: 1300 361 008.
The LifeWorks Mobile Support Centres are also available free of charge to anyone needing support, offering:
- On-site counselling with an experienced clinician specialising in trauma and crisis counselling;
- Group clinical briefings about coping with the immediate psychological impacts of bushfire threats;
- Remote access to telephonic and online counselling and support from the site, if face-to-face is unavailable or inconvenient; and,
- Crisis and trauma support materials that visitors can take with them.
“Like many in our global community devastated by the ongoing Australian bushfires, we are doing what we can to help with the launch of LifeWorks’ nationwide Crisis Support Line and Mobile Support Centres,” said Jamie MacLennan, Managing Director of LifeWorks for Australia. “We know that in the coming months, the needs of people and communities will change. On-site clinical and telephone support will continue, and we will adapt to meet the needs of individuals and communities as the immediate threat diminishes and communities rebuild.”
The Mobile Support Centres are self-sufficient, placing no further resource demands on affected areas. They are operating within staging areas in locations that are declared safe, and where they are not interfering with emergency services personnel working to extinguish the bushfires.
LifeWorks’ clinical response draws from its experience assisting communities in the aftermath of similar natural disasters around the world. The core goal of the Community Support Program is to provide individuals and families with much-needed emotional support and Psychological First Aid as the crisis continues.
About Morneau Shepell
Morneau Shepell is the leading provider of technology-enabled HR services that delivers an integrated approach to well-being through our cloud-based platform. Our focus is providing everything our clients need to support the mental, physical, social and financial well-being of their people. By improving lives, we improve business. Our approach spans services in employee and family assistance, health and wellness, recognition, pension and benefits administration, retirement and benefits consulting, actuarial and investment services. Morneau Shepell employs approximately 6,000 employees who work with some 24,000 client organizations that use our services in 162 countries. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit morneaushepell.com.