Cancer coun­cil cel­e­brates a decade of coun­selling

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

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.

KATIE CLIFT

Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land

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