It is important for us all to be attentive to this, and do what we can to support each other at this difficult time.
It is with a heavy heart that I write to you after learning about the horrific news of the white supremacist terrorist attack that resulted in the death of at least 49 innocent people. The fact that the attack took place at places of worship in a city that would until now have been considered amongst the safest in the world only compounds the horror of it all.
While we are all affected by these events, I am conscious that some people will be particularly affected. It is important for us all to be attentive to this, and do what we can to support each other at this difficult time. In this context we will be making what preparations we can at STARTTS to assist any clients and refugee communities particularly affected by the impact of this horrific event. Please contact us if you or your community require assistance. If your distress is acute and you need urgent assistance below are some numbers you can call in addition to 000:
The NSW Mental Health Access Line 1800 011 511
The NSW Mental Health Line is a state-wide telephone number which puts you in touch with your local mental health service. Where appropriate they can put you in contact with the local mental health crisis or acute care team.
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
I will be contacting our colleagues in New Zealand next, and offering what support we may be able to provide at this difficult time, both as STARTTS, but also in my capacity as the president of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT).