Greek Welfare Centre offers free telephone counselling and support service to tackle mental health issues

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The GWC Community Services NSW has introduced a free Special Mental Health Telephone Counselling and Support Service to combat growing mental health issues amid COVID-19.

The social welfare and community services arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia has provided this free service to further increase its effort to assist the community during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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The GWC says that the demand for this service has emphasised the paramount importance of providing this much needed support in our community.

“As a consequence of this increased demand and as suggested and blessed by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia, the service is now also available to individuals in all parts of Australia,” the GWC statement says.

The service provides Counselling and Support for individuals experiencing mental health issues including stress, loneliness, fears, anxiety or depression. The counselling services are offered by psychologists and other trained professionals in both Greek and English.

Read More: Free psychological support for Greek diaspora offered by Melbourne institute

The Cairnmillar Institute in Melbourne also announced in the beginning of May that it is offering free counselling and mental health services in Greek during the coronavirus crisis.

“Through this program, people will get free access to counselling sessions by phone or conference call with provisional psychologists,” a statement by the Hellenic Community of Melbourne reads.

“For the Greek community, this program is also offered in Greek. You do not need to have a medical plan or paper from a doctor. You can simply call 1800 391 393 and request an appointment with Ms Myrto for the Greek support program.”

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