Support for affected families
The Foundation aims to develop a support network and support services for families affected by low-speed vehicle runover accidents. If you know someone who would be interested or may benefit from this please contact us. On this page we will share resources and links that we have personally found helpful.
We also have our ‘Angel Page’ , where families can share their loved one’s stories if they would like. Please contact us if you would like to add your story.
Where can I find help?
Red Nose provide a range of Bereavement Support Services for parents and families who have experienced the death of their baby or young child during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood up to 6 years of age. Services are available to families and their support network free of charge. Red Nose support is ongoing for families and can be tailored to their individual needs.
More information and contact details can be found here: www.rednosegriefandloss.com.au
This organisation also provides a wide range of helpful booklets and articles to assist parents and family & friends, which can be found here: www.rednose.com.au/section/programsbereavement-support-literature/
I was the driver…
You may find yourself in the position that you were the driver, in the middle of a terrible tragedy, where there was no harm intended, yet the ongoing consequences may be unthinkable…
Maryann Gray, an American lady, found herself in such a situation, after accidentally hitting a child with her car, causing the child’s death. Years later, she has started this website to assist others in similar situations- https://accidentalimpacts.org/ . This website may help with tips on coping with the trauma and distress such an incident causes, in the short and longer term.
Many people find it hard to seek help. It’s important to be able to recognise when depression has become more than a temporary thing, and when to seek help. The following are a list of the features that may be experienced by someone with depression.
Lowered self-esteem – Change in sleep patterns – Change in mood control – Varying emotions throughout the day – Change in appetite and weight – Reduced ability to enjoy things – Reduced ability to tolerate pain – Reduced sex drive – Suicidal thoughts – Impaired concentration and memory – Loss of motivation and drive – Increase in fatigue – Change in movement – Being out of touch with reality.
As a general rule of thumb, if your feelings of depression persist for most of every day for two weeks or longer, and interfere with your ability to manage at home or outside the home, then you would benefit from assessment by a skilled professional. Allow yourself to seek help. Struggling on alone can prolong the depression.
Links & Organisations
The Australian Psychological Society Limited | Find a psychologist
Compassionate Friends NSW | www.tcfnsw.org.au
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) | Find a psychiatrist
Beyond Blue | 1300 224 636 |www.beyondblue.org.au
Lifeline | 13 11 14 | www.lifeline.org.au
Suicide Line Victoria | 1300 651 251 | www.suicideline.org.au
Men’s line | 1300 789 978 |www.mensline.org.au