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New website provides greater access to services for bereaved parents.

Sands Australia has welcomed the launch of the Federal Government’s Digital Mental Health Gateway – Head to Health – as a breakthrough in access to mental health support services.

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP has launched the new Head to Health website which will help people take control of their mental health in a way they are most comfortable with and can complement face-to-face services. Evidence shows that for many people, digital interventions can be as effective as face-to-face services. Head to Health provides a one-stop shop for services and resources delivered by some of Australia’s most trusted mental health service providers.

Sands is a not-for-profit organisation that provides emotional support, information and hope to parents and families who experience the death of a baby. All Sands Volunteer Parent Supporters understand the heartbreak and devastation that follows the death of a baby, as they too have experienced it.

Sands Australia CEO Andre Carvalho states “the online platform will provide greater awareness around the services we provide as well as other available mental health services available across the health sector.

We are pleased Sands Australia was able to be a part of this important initiative for all Australians, helping them source the right information which can be easily accessed online or on a mobile phone. said Mr Carvalho.

We find many of the people who access our services find taking the first step can be daunting and challenging. The benefits of the online platform, allowing people to access evidenced based help and support services 24/7 will help to reduce the anxiety of the initial conversation.

Head to Health lists both peer-to-peer support services alongside professional support services. For Sands Australia we welcome the gateway, as another way to ensure that bereaved parents can access correct information, and appropriate referrals in a manner they are comfortable with. Greater promotion of services across the mental health sector will benefit all Australians as they seek support in their time of need.

Anyone affected by the death of a baby can ring the 24/7 Sands support line 1300 0 72637 and talk to a Volunteer Parent Supporter or visit www.sands.org.au.

New ABS stillbirth stats highlight need for increased focus on bereavement care

The release of new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed that rates of miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death decreased by only 0.04% nationally during 2016, highlighting the continuing need for quality bereavement care and support for affected families.

Each month in Australia 143 babies are stillborn and a further 58 die within the first 28 days of life, while miscarriage rates remain even higher still.

Sands Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides emotional support, information and hope to families following the death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

Sands CEO Andre Carvalho said that demand for its peer support services remains high as bereaved parents learn to navigate the complexities of life after the loss of their child.

“Our community of trained Volunteer Parent Supporters offer families whose baby has died a real sense of understanding because they’ve lived through this devastation too.”

Alongside its core focus on offering peer-to-peer support, Sands Australia also works to improve the quality of bereavement care offered to parents in healthcare and community settings.

“When families have access to comprehensive and accessible bereavement care they are better able to come to terms with and grieve their loss. With perinatal deaths totalling almost 2,500 a year, it’s crucial that we are able to provide families with emotional and practical support and guidance,” said Mr Carvalho.

Sands Australia operates across Australia, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby through its 24/7 Sands support line 1300 0 72637 and at www.sands.org.au.

We have a new home and phone number

Sands Australia have moved offices effective 1 August 2017.

Our new address and phone number are:

Level 2, 990 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill, Victoria, 3128

T: 03 8652 5020

New Face-to-Face Support Groups in NSW

Sands is delighted to have recently launched Sands Face-to-Face Support Groups in Sydney and the Central Coast.

Like all Sands services, the local face-face support groups are facilitated by Volunteer Parent Supporters who understand the pain and devastation that follows the death of a baby, as they too have experienced it.

"Local face-to-face support groups are a great way to feel supported and share your story in a safe environment. The groups also provide valuable opportunities to meet and connect with other parents who are going through similar heartache and devastation", says Janelle Marshall, General Manager Services.

The groups meet once a month:

Inner West Sands Face-to- Face Support Group - Rozelle

Last Wednesday of the each month, commencing 26 April 2017

7.00pm 9.00pm

Hannaford Community Centre, 608 Darling Street, Rozelle, NSW 2260

More information: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact 03 9895 8700

 

Northern Suburb Sands Face-to-Face Support Group – Eastwood

Last Wednesday of each month, commencing 26 April 2017

7.00pm 9.00pm

Brush Farm House, 19 Lawson Street, Eastwood, NSW 2122

More information: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact 03 9895 8700

 

Central Coast Group Sands Face-to-Face Support Group

Last Monday of each month, commencing 24 April 2017

7.00pm 9.00pm

Laura’s Place, 449 Tumbi Road, Wamberal, NSW, 2260

More information: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact 03 9895 8700

Sands also runs support groups throughout Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland. For more information click here