Providing support for our regional emergency services

Injury Matters | June 7, 2018

Road Trauma Support WA counsellors, Monica Macoun and Melissa Nichols, spent the day in Williams this week conducting a specially designed workshop for first responders (both paid and voluntary) from across the region and others who may be exposed to trauma due to the nature of their work.

Representatives from Williams Police, the local St John Ambulance brigade, Department of Fire and Emergency Services staff and other local operators gathered at the Williams Community Resource Centre to take part in the day long workshop which has been developed in conjunction with Curtin University with input from WA Police.

The workshop entitled ‘Working with grief and loss: How to support yourself and others’ aims to equip those attending with the skills to respond appropriately to those impacted by grief and loss, understand the impact it can have on the individual and provide tips on how to develop self-care strategies to prevent burn out and the development of mental health conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The day was designed to be interactive and to allow those attending to share their own experiences on working with grief and trauma with other attendees and the coping strategies they use to debrief following exposure to traumatic events such as road crashes.

Williams Acting Sergeant, Michael Tinley, extended his thanks to the team adding that it was well received and very beneficial for all those who attended.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at Road Trauma Support WA on (08) 6166 7688 if you would like further information about our specialised workshops and training events.