Mental heath session for storm recovery


In June last year, a storm tore through the Macedon Ranges, scarring the minds and damaging the livelihoods of many locals.

Ongoing efforts by Macedon Ranges council to address the financial and emotional stress experienced by residents have been welcomed, which now includes a free mental health event on June 15 at the Woodend Community Centre.

‘Where are We Now? A Storm Recovery Conversation’ will focus on the needs of storm-affected residents, led by clinical and consultant psychologist David Younger.

Mr Younger has extensive experience giving helping communities, agencies and organisations across the country affected by natural disasters and emergencies.

Council’s director of community Maria Weiss encouraged storm-affected residents to get involved, have a tea with others in the same situation, and hear from a professional about recovery.

“Our community is incredibly resilient, but emergencies and severe events like the June 9 and 10 storm can disrupt everyday life for a long time afterwards. We know many residents are still cleaning up on their properties and that can take a toll on mental as well as physical health,” Ms Weiss said.

“Join us at this valuable session to unpack some of the typical reactions you may be experiencing after an event, learn more about what support is available and connect with other storm-affected residents.”

Doors open at 5.30pm, with tea coffee and snacks available. The session will start at 6pm, and RSVPs are required.

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