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Free Drought Support To Continue

Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

“The Anglican Counselling Service will continue to provide emotional support to the drought affected communities of the New England and North West of NSW courtesy of new funding from the Australian Government,” says the Executive Director, Rev. Brian Kirk.


The Anglican Counselling has received funding to improve access to “free” personal and family counselling services for drought affected farming communities in Exceptional Circumstance declared areas.


Rev. Kirk says, “The 2004/05 financial year saw a 59% increase in demand for emotional support from drought affected farming communities. Long term stress caused by natural events such as drought may expose issues such as poor mental health, depression, relationship and family difficulties, a lack of skills to cope with stress or a lack of awareness of where people may find support or help in time of need.”


“Courtesy of the Australian Government, drought affected farming communities can access support from the competent, caring and professional staff of the Anglican Counselling Service at Moree, North Star, Inverell, Glen Innes, Armidale, Uralla, Walcha, and Tamworth,” says Rev. Kirk.


Rev Kirk hopes the Service will be able to extend this support to other communities around the region as time and funds permit.


The Anglican Counselling Service staff will seek to work closely with Centrelink, Rural Financial Counsellors, the Area Health Service, local churches and farming communities to improve their mental and emotional well-being and build strong and supportive families and communities.


For More Information Contact:

Anglican Counselling Service (Diocese of Armidale)
PO Box 3052 Tamworth 2340
Tel: (02) 6762 4380
FAX: (02) 6762 5740
Internet: acsdarm@acsdarm.org.au


Authorised: Rev Brian Kirk, Executive Director

22 February, 2006

Phone contact: (02) 6762 4380

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