Road Trauma Support counsellors help accident victims

ROAD accident counsellors are offering community sessions for people affected by an increasing number of crashes on regional roads.

Latest figures show 37 of 52 road deaths in WA this year took place on country roads, according to the Road Safety Commission.

Not-for-profit group Road Trauma Support will share information about counselling services at a community gathering in Northam on Friday, May 6.

“About 38,000 West Australians are affected by road trauma,” an RTS spokeswoman said. “Sadly, many of those are from regional areas outside the Perth metropolitan area.”

RTS offers mental recovery support to people injured or who have witnessed a crash, caused an incident or who work in emergency services.

As part of its program, RTS would like to speak with the community about setting up a local support group and volunteering support.

“Whether you’re an emergency services worker, teacher, counsellor, health professional, football coach, parent or a teenager about to get your licence, we’d like to talk to you about the services we offer and if you think there is a need for them in your local community,” the RTS spokeswoman said.

Northam is a focal point for services in the Wheatbelt.

The community session delivered by the Injury Control Council of WA is from noon to 1.30pm at Northam Recreation Centre. For free counselling on road trauma, call RTS on 9420 7762 or 1300 004 814, or visit www.rtswa.org.au.