The small community of Hamilton in Victoria’s south west have been hit with intense grief and shock in the aftermath of a catastrophic car crash killing three young teenagers, one adult and leaving a fourth teenager critically injured.
Following a request from the community and the Department of Health, Wellways quickly mobilised local teams to provide a wrap-around response to the local community, many of whom were youth in their teens struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.
In partnership with Western Victoria Primary Health Network, South West Health Care and Brophy Family and Youth Services, Wellways Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub set up spaces at the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, Monivae Secondary School, and at a local community gathering, where they were able to provide immediate help and resources dealing with trauma, grief and loss.
To ensure there were no gaps in support services, Wellways teams from across the state’s south west region rotated in shifts, most travelling over two hours each day, to consistently show up for the community in Hamilton.
“We are in this for the long haul, and despite the most tragic of circumstances, our community and service partnerships have been galvanised through this shared experience. It is ultimately who and what we are about.”
Jane Campbell, Wellways Western Victoria Regional Manager