It’s the tragedy that has rocked the Hunter Valley to its core.
In the late hours of Sunday 11 June, a Singleton-bound coach – carrying 36 people from a Lovedale wedding – overturned at the roundabout on Wine Country Drive near the Hunter Expressway off ramp, killing 10 and injuring countless others.
But, the big question remains: how do we deal with such a senseless catastrophe?
Lifeline is offering assistance to those affected by the Greta bus crash through its 13 11 14 crisis support line as well as its free Hunter face-to-face and online counselling services.
Local CEO Rob Sams said the heart-breaking incident on the long weekend was beyond words.
“I’d like to express my deepest sympathies to everyone impacted, especially the newlyweds, the families and loved ones of those who died and to those who were injured,” he stated.
“Don’t forget the first responders, too, who faced a very stressful and distressing scene.
“The communities of Singleton, Cessnock and Maitland are tight-knit and there would be very few people who have not been touched by the tragedy.”
Mr Sams welcomed the establishment of two local crisis centres in Branxton and Singleton.
He added Lifeline was also there for residents now and over the longer term.
“We have experienced counsellors and a psychologist who can provide free one-on-one sessions online or in person in Maitland, Cessnock and Singleton,” he explained.
“Lifeline can help those directly affected but also people struggling to support someone who is grieving and those for whom the tragedy has brought up their own experiences of trauma and loss.
“The ripple effect of such tragedies is felt across local communities and the country.
“We must, and will, all come together to support one another.
“However, it’s important we reach out to check in on people we know who may be impacted.
“Other services such as Griefline (griefline.org.au or 1300 845 745) offer resources to those who are supporting or worried about someone who is experiencing anguish or trauma.
“Professional support is important but connecting as a community and sitting with people ‘in the mud’ as they go through grief, loss or distress is equally vital.
“Don’t underestimate the importance of just listening to and being with people.”
To book a counselling appointment, phone 1300 152 854 or visit www.lifelinehunter.org.au/counselling
- 24-hour crisis support: Ph 13 11 14. Text: 0477 13 11 14. Chat online: www.lifeline.org.au
- Lifeline free counselling appointment bookings: 1300 152 854
For more community stories:
- Donation fund set-up to support families of Greta bus tragedy
- Community crisis centres established at Branxton, Singleton
- Mark Hughes still overwhelmed by beanie support
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