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Trauma Support

A traumatic event is something which threatens a person's life or safety, or that of the people around them.

Road Trauma

Road Trauma is one of the most frequently occuring forms of trauma. Road Trauma Support Services Victoria offers individual and family counselling, support groups and referral services for people impacted by road trauma. They can be contacted at 1300 367 797 (9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday).

Common Responses to Trauma

There are a number of reactions people may experience which are considered to be normal. These reactions may occur either quickly or sometime after the event.

Traumatic events can affect people’s behaviour, thinking and feelings. Some of the normal reactions to trauma include:

Behaviour
• Change in relationships with others.
• Trouble sleeping.
• Loss of concentration.
• Physical change such as lack of petite, tiredness and generally feeling unwell.
• Change to work patterns.

Thinking
• Memories/past experiences.
• Dreams/nightmares.
• Confusion/memory loss.
• Irrational thoughts/mood swings.

Feeling
• Grief.
• Sadness.
• Loss of control.
• Frustration.
• Shock.
• Fear.
• Anxiety.
• Anger.
• Blame.

Help and Support Services

Lifeline
13 11 14 (24 hour line)
24-hour telephone counselling, personal support and referral services following any incident. Face to face counselling also available.

Hope Bereavement Care
(03) 4215 3358
Child grief service mobile: 0438 418 579 (business hours only)
Adult grief service mobile: 0488 768 321 (business hours only)
1300 308 307 (24 hour line)
Personal and family support and counselling for people within the Barwon area affected following the death of a young person under the age of 18 years.

Beyond Blue
1300 224 636 (24 hour line)
24-hour information and referral line – providing information on depression, anxiety and related disorders

Victoria Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry
9650 4511 (9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday)
Personal Support and advocacy services.

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