There is no doubt that caring for someone who is suicidal is traumatic. We want you to know that you are not alone in what you're going through. Whatever your situation, we are here to help. At Crossing Paths Carer Support, we can provide you with practical and personalised support to fit your needs.
This is a free service for carers on the Gold Coast. Every person who engages with us is welcomed, respected and valued.
Crossing Paths is a Wesley Mission Queensland program that has supported about people caring for a loved one through a suicidal crisis on the Gold Coast since mid-2020. It was co-designed with people with a lived experience of caring for a loved one and local stakeholders with the support of Roses in the Ocean and Beacon Strategies. Funding was provided by Queensland Health through the Suicide Prevention Taskforce Action Plan.
Read more about what the Crossing Paths program is, why it's needed and the outcomes from an evaluation of the pilot in the attached summary report .
Crossing Paths practical support includes:
By connecting with us we can support you to:
Life is all about the people we meet along the way. Paths may only cross once or many times over the years, but it's often for a reason. This is a reminder that you are not alone in your journey. If you are caring for someone who is suicidal, we hope to cross your path, offer our support, and walk alongside you.
Crossing Paths Carer Support is for carers of loved ones who have had contact with a crisis service. To find out more, please contact us:
Weekly support group for family and friends to attend where they gain support, learn strategies to cope and hear from others in a similar situation. The groups provide:
Call Lives Lived Well on 1300 727 957.
Non-religious, open meetings for family members affected by drugs and alcohol. Call anytime 24/7 on 1300 368 186. Also open to anyone and providing opportunities to talk and listen to others in a non-judgemental, safe environment.
The Family Support Program assists family members, couples and partners as well as friends of young people with alcohol and drug-related problems. The aim of the program is two-fold: to help the clients support the troubled young person and to assist clients in self-care. The service offers individual, couple, family and group counselling sessions.
Weekly Family and Friends Support Group; this group provides families and friends with support, encouragement and the understanding and wisdom of others who have similar concerns or are experiencing similar problems.
The Family Support Program is based at the Gold Coast Drug Council, 191 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads, Qld. Call Gold Coast Drug Council on 07 5535 4302.
AODS provide a range of services including assessment, referral, counselling, information, case management, dual diagnosis and group programs. Services offered include counselling, detox, family support, opioid treatment and support groups. Call AODS on 1800 177 833; Southport – 5687 9119; Palm Beach – 5525 5701.
QuIHN is a state-wide, not for profit, and non-government health service which provides a variety of health services to illicit drug users throughout Queensland.
QuIHN offers individual clinical counselling for people whose lives are affected by substance use and related mental health and/or parenting and family issues that may be present. They also offer a range of therapeutic and psychosocial groups for people whose lives are affected by substance use and any related mental health and/or parenting and family issues that may be present.
Call QuIHN on 07 5520 7900.
Offering a range of domestic and family violence services to women, men and children. Their support and prevention programs include:
Alternatively, for family relationship advice and/or counselling:
Plus Social is designed to help people whose mental health significantly impacts their daily living. Plus Social provides options for managing your mental health and it gives you the kind of care that improves your quality of life over the long term.
Call Plus Social on 07 3186 4000, from 2570 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach.
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