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Inform issue 25 – Winter 2018

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In this issue of Inform we focus on new beginnings and changes. We follow the story of Joel who following a traumatic accident, had to start from scratch in his career.

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Your Health Coping with a crisis Home should be a safe space, so when a crisis situation arises in the home, it can be especially distressing. Knowing where you can get help during a crisis can make the difference between keeping your head above water and drowning in the problem. Family violence Family violence can happen to anybody, regardless of age or gender. If you are experiencing a family violence crisis, there are ways to cope with the difficulties that arise. Family violence comes in the form of threatening and violent behaviour that controls or coerces someone else within the family. Violence can be physical or verbal or a combination of both. Children can be victims of abuse just by witnessing violence between adults, so it can happen at any age. If you or someone you know has suffered or is suffering from a suspected family violence crisis, there are a number of supports that are available to turn to for advice. A few are listed below: • whiteribbon.org.au/find-help/domesticviolence-hotlines • dvcs.org.au • safesteps.org.au A crisis is a time of intense difficulty of danger, or a time when an important decision needs to be made. A crisis can take many forms, but in the home specifically, issues such as family violence, a health crisis or a housing problem are among the most common. There are a wide range of services and organisations across Australia that are there for when you are in a crisis situation. 18

Your Health Health crisis Whether you live alone or with others, a health crisis can be very overwhelming. Often, decisions need to be made quickly and support needs to be put in place immediately. Finding the right support can be challenging but there are many options available. If you are in immediate danger, always call 000 or go to your local hospital. This option applies for both a physical and mental health crisis. There are mental health triage lines you can call in a mental health crisis and you can always present at your local emergency department if you require help. There are also helplines such as Lifeline that you can ring for advice or just someone to talk to. If you are experiencing a health crisis, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Here are some of the helplines you can call in a health-related crisis: • Lifeline (24-hour crisis counselling): 13 11 14 • Nurse on Call: 1300 606 024 • Suicide Line: 1300 651 251 • Victorian Poisons Information Centre: 13 11 26 Housing crisis Facing homelessness or having issues with your housing situation can be hugely stressful, but there are supports in place if you are having a housing crisis. You may have lost your job or have become too sick to work and therefore cannot pay the mortgage or rent, which could result in the prospect of becoming homeless. Your rental property may not be in a livable state and causing you health problems, both of which can result in a housing crisis. There are crisis centres across Australia that can assist you in preventing or solving your housing crisis. The national number to call if you need help is 1800 825 955. Having a crisis in your home environment can be extremely stressful but there are supports in place that can help you. The key message is to always reach out for help when you need it, because there are people who can and will help you to manage your crisis and, importantly, minimise stress. The key message is to always reach out for help when you need it, because there are people who can and will help you to manage your crisis 19