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Expanding support for PTSD

A new free support service run by St John of God Richmond Hospital for people experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is set to kick off in Orange servicing the Central West region of NSW starting in August.

 PTSD services in Orange

Clinical Nurse Consultant – Trauma, Sean Fitz-Gerald who will be running the service says they have found that many veterans with PTSD, once discharged from the defence forces gravitate to regional areas where services offered are often minimal.

"Unfortunately a lot of these veterans fail to engage with any treatment service at all," Sean said.

"First responders have an even harder time accessing support services which, for some services, simply don’t exist.

"To service this need, we are starting a monthly PTSD support group in Orange in the Central West of NSW.

"This is within driving distance of many central western towns and will provide support to a large population who currently have none."

About the PTSD support service

The aims of this support group are to:

  • Provide a point of contact and socialisation for people suffering from PTSD as a result of workplace trauma
  • Provide ongoing support to clients who have had an admission to an inpatient service for PTSD
  • Provide a pathway for participants who may need referring to treatment services
  • Provide a safe environment for participants to share their struggles and receive validation and constructive feedback from the group
  • Engage with people who are hesitant to seek formal treatment

Participants will be given the opportunity to “check in” with the group to discuss current issues or struggles rather than engaging in formal therapy.

Psychoeducation may take place if time permits. 

The first monthly group will begin on 8 August 2018, 10am to 1pm at the Orange CWA hall. 

Accessing the support service

For more information about the group please contact Sean on 02 45706100 or fill in the enquiry form below.