Experienced counsellors are available to help with personal issues associated with the impact of the Mr Fluffy legacy.
- Immediate support
- Ongoing support
- Support for children and young people
- Support for seniors
- Health and safety
If you are experiencing a personal crisis and need immediate support you can contact:
- Lifeline who provide a 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Phone 131 114 at any time or visit the Lifeline website.
- Beyond Blue who provide information and support to help everyone achieve their best mental health. Phone 1300 224 636 or visit the Beyond Blue website.
- ACT Mental Health, Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) who provide a 24-hour, highly accessible and responsive acute mental health assessment and treatment service in the most appropriate setting. Phone 1800 629 354 or visit the Health Directorate website.
- Wellways who provide support and information to people experiencing mental health issues, as well as their family, friends and carers. Phone 1300 111 400 or visit the Wellways website.
- Your General Practitioner can help if you are experiencing moderate anxiety or depression. Your doctor can complete a mental health treatment plan and provide a referral for free sessions with a psychologist under the ACT Medicare Local's HealthinMind Program. Your GP can also assist with information about the risks to your physical health of potential asbestos exposure.
- Next Step provides free and confidential support to help tackle day-to-day pressures. Next Step's mental health professionals have experience dealing with clients who have been affected by Mr Fluffy and will continue to support affected households. The program includes six free sessions with a Next Step coach over the phone or face-to-face. Phone (02) 6287 8066 to make an appointment or visit the Next Step website to book an appointment online.
- Relationships Australia provide specialist family and relationship counselling and dispute resolution services. Phone 1300 364 277 to make an appointment or visit the Relationships Australia website.
- ACT Health, Community Health Centres provide access to a wide range of community health services from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Phone the Community Health Intake (CHI) line on (02) 6207 9977 or visit the Health Directorate website for information on services available and the location of a health centre close to you.
- OneLink provide information and easy access to support services in the ACT. They can connect people to a wide range of services, including child, youth and family services, financial counselling and mental health services. OneLink is a partnership between Woden Community Service and Belconnen Community Service. Phone 1800 176 468 or visit the OneLink website.
Support for Children and Young People
There are a range of specialist support services for children and young people experiencing difficulties as a result of the impact of "Mr Fluffy" on their lives.
- The Education Directorate has school counsellors to support families, particularly those with adolescent children. The Directorate can also assist families that have moved out-of-area and want to maintain existing school enrolments. Contact your local school to make an appointment with a counsellor. If you require assistance or clarification on enrolments contact (02) 6205 5429 or submit an enquiry online via the Education Directorate Contact Form.
- The Community Services Directorate, Child and Family Centres provide services for families with young children in the Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and West Belconnen communities. The Centres provide a range of targeted and tailored services, with a strong emphasis on providing outreach services in homes, schools and the community. Staff are available to speak with parents in person or by phone, Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Visit the Community Services Directorate website for information on the Child and Family Centre nearest you and services available.
- HeadSpace provide counselling support to young people aged 12 to 25 experiencing mental health concerns and/or substance use issues. Phone (02) 6201 5343 or visit the Headspace website.
- Menslink supports young men aged 12 to 25 with free counselling, volunteer mentoring and education programs to bring about positive changes in their lives. Phone (02) 6287 2226, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Menslink website.
- YWCA Canberra's Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre provides information, activities, and support for children and young people. Phone (02) 6294 4633 or visit the YWCA website.
- InfoSheet: Mental Health and Wellbeing - Supporting Children (PDF 556.4 KB)
- CHAMPS: a change management program for preschool and primary school age children (PDF 2.8MB)
Support for Seniors
Support is available to help older Canberrans, particularly to assist with the process of moving to new living arrangements, including relocating to a retirement village or aged care home.
- Council of the Ageing ACT (COTA) provide a wide range of information on issues that senior Canberrans face each day, including housing, finance, health, medical, and retirement. They can act as a referral service if required. Phone (02) 6282 3777 or visit the COTA website
- My Aged Care is a national online and phone service to find out about a broad range of aged care services. Phone 1800 200 422 or visit the My Aged Care website
- Regional Community Services all offer a range of home support, transport, recreational and social programs for seniors.
- Woden - Phone (02) 6282 2644 or visit the Woden Community Service website.
- Belconnen - Phone (02) 6264 0200 or visit the Belconnen Community Service website.
- Northside - Phone (02) 6257 2255 or visit the Northside Community Service website.
- Southside - Phone (02) 6126 4700 or visit the Community Services #1 website.
- Weston Creek - Phone (02) 61269059 or visit the Communities@Work website.
- Gungahlin - Phone (02) 6293 6500 or visit the Communities@Work website.
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Health and Safety
- ACT Health provide information on health risks associated with exposure to asbestos and how to register for the National Asbestos Exposure Register. Visit the Health Directorate website.
- Infosheet: ACT Health Asbestos Fact Sheet (PDF 83.9 KB)
- InfoSheet: Your health and affected properties (PDF 310.2 KB)
- InfoSheet: Your Health and Loose Fill Asbestos (PDF 429.9 KB)
Asbestos Management Plans
Homeowners who continue to reside in their affected homes are required to have an Asbestos Management Plan in place.
The regulation under the Dangerous Substances Act 2004 aims to minimise further exposure for homeowners, tradespeople, service providers and visitors to Mr Fluffy affected houses in the medium term.