Cancer council celebrates a decade of counselling
CANCER Council Queensland has delivered more than 21,000 counselling sessions in the past decade through its free service, which celebrated its 10th birthday yesterday . Since the Cancer Counselling Service opened in April 2004, more than 7600 Queenslanders impacted by cancer, have received support through face-to-face or telephone counselling. Last year alone, support was provided to more than 1200 Queenslanders through the Cancer Counselling Service and CCQ’s mindfulness meditation programs – a total of 3000 hours of support throughout 2013. The Cancer Counselling Service is vital for cancer patients and families throughout Queensland. Up to one third of all cancer patients experience clinically significant distress – there is an overwhelming need for ongoing help for Queenslanders affected. . Our counselling service helps people dealing with a range of issues from stress and difficulty coping to depression, anxiety, grief, loss, treatment, side effects and relationship problems. While free, confidential telephone counselling is available to anyone in Queensland, face-to-face counselling is also offered in selected regional offices. We’re proud that more than half of all Queenslanders who have accessed our services in the past 10 years live in regional parts of the state. 63 per cent of people received counselling by telephone and 37 per cent face-to-face at one of our regional offices. Our qualified psychologists help clients talk through problems, learn ways to manage stress, set new life goals and find effective ways to talk to family and friends about their concerns. CCQ looks forward to the next 10 years and beyond – helping more Queenslanders affected by cancer, ensuring no one has to face this disease alone. Local cancer patients and their loved ones can get referrals to the service from their health professional or by calling Cancer Council Helpline 131 120.
Cancer Council Queensland