Moranbah bolsters mental health support
EXTRA councillors arrived in Moranbah last Friday to offer residents free mental health consultations.
The counsellors from Lifeline Community Recovery were provided in response to the Grosvenor Mine explosion last week.
Lifeline community recovery general manager Luke Lindsay said help was available for anyone wanting to chat.
"Our counsellors are experienced, confidential and are ready in Moranbah to work with the community and make a difference to those in need," he said.
"We understand that no matter how close to an incident you may be, the ripple effect can be large. We are here to work with you, and for the community to know you are not alone."
Mayor Anne Baker said that mental health support would help those recently traumatised.
"We are a predominant mining region, so when something happens in one of our mines it doesn't just impact those directly affected, the emotional waves of the incident spread far and wide across the community," she said.
"As a region, we continue to face our share of tragedy and adversity, and when disaster strikes, it is okay to ask for help.
"When people are hurting and struggling emotionally, we can't ignore that. Mental health and physical health go hand and hand with our overall wellbeing."
Ms Baker praised a general willingness for people to have conversations about their state of mind.
"That is what makes us the resilient community we are; the understanding that even during the difficult times we can be there for each other and have the courage to ask for help," she said.
The Lifeline Community Recovery Support Centre is in the chapel at the Moranbah Community Centre from 8am to 5pm every day.