Handling Grief, Loss And Change On The South Coast

Tue May 10, 2016

Dealing with grief, loss and change will be the focus of a unique three-day program in Ulladulla, which includes a free information seminar for the public.

The program is part of the highly successful national ‘Seasons for Growth’ training initiative – so named to symbolise the changing phases of grief, loss and change.

The impacts of grief, loss and change can come about through events such as the passing of a loved one, divorce, family breakdown, poor mental health and unemployment.

The experiences vary greatly and affect many in the community, with tell-tale signs being social isolation and overwhelming feelings of sadness and loneliness.

However, individual experiences can be made far easier and overcome if people know the signs and symptoms and have understandings of coping strategies. Sharing such information will be centrepieces of the program.

The free community seminar will be held at the Ulladulla Civic Centre on 23 May between 1pm and 4pm. People of all ages and walks of life are invited to attend.

Over the following two days (24 & 25 May) sessions will be held for local agencies and experts who help people through episodes of grief, loss and change, with a view to better meeting the needs of local people in need of support.

“Quite often people experience the impacts of grief, loss and change without really knowing it or having little idea on how to move ahead,” RichmondPRA Ulladulla Manager Linda Gilroy said.

“It’s important to remember that just about everyone will experience the upsets of grief, loss and change during their lives. Equally important is the fact that the impacts can pass more easily if steps and strategies are understood and followed.

“The program is all about creating better community networks, supports and strategies to help people when they’re at their lowest. Trained experts will be on hand to lift overall understandings and share advice.”

The program is an initiative of RichmondPRA, Grand Pacific Health, and Good Grief NSW.

For information about the seminar and training, or for attendance, contact Sue Lenton on 02 44551310 or Suzanne.Lenton@richmondpra.org.au

RichmondPRA is a not-for-profit organisation providing recovery focussed support programs, accommodation and hope for people with mental health issues in New South Wales and Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a leading mental health support provider that has been in operation for more than 55 years.

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