Let's talk about Debbie and mental health

Proserpine Community Centre
Proserpine Community Centre

THERE is no question Proserpine has had it tough in the past six months since Cyclone Debbie, which makes the current Mental Health Week awareness campaign a message worth sharing.

New co-ordinator for Proserpine Community Centre Ingrid Ruck has previously worked as Proserpine's team leader for community recovery and seen just how much the community is hurting.

"Mental health is so important because it's a scary time,” she said.

"I want people to know that it's okay to ask for help. "Don't feel embarrassed or ashamed, most of the help out there is confidential.

"The hardest step is asking, so if you know someone who needs help you can call on their behalf - you don't have to use their name but services can offer advice.

"There is lots of help available in our community, from the Lifeline to the Salvos, counselling services, and the local churches offer help to anyone regardless of religion.

"A lot of families are struggling and taking care of ourselves has taken a back foot to our daily responsibilities.”

The PCC is a referral and information service that provides the venue for services in Proserpine.

If you are experiencing a crisis, phone Lifeline on 131114.

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