Looking after your emotional wellbeing is just as important as your physical one, as it plays a vital role in how we deal with life’s ups and downs.
Returning home following the completion of treatment can often be met with a myriad of emotions, from relief, to uncertainty, confusion and loneliness.
Connecting with other people who share a similar diagnosis with you and understand the impact cancer has, through group or one-on-one support, is a great way to maintain your emotional wellbeing.
There are a number of Cancer Council SA support programs and groups available to you and your loved ones.
- Cancer Council SA’s Cancer Connect Program is a phone-based program that matches you with a volunteer who has been through a similar cancer experience. For more information on this program, call Cancer Council SA on 13 11 20 Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm.
- Speak to one of our experienced cancer nurses by calling Cancer Council SA on 13 11 20. If necessary, they will be able to refer you to the free Cancer Council Counselling Service, which provides over-the-phone or online counselling to cancer patients and their families who don’t live close to Adelaide.
- Call Cancer Council SA on 13 11 20 to join a telephone support group. If you live in a rural area this might be a good way of overcoming feelings of loneliness and isolation.
- Visit our online community support group.
If you’re feeling distressed and require urgent mental health assistance, phone the Rural and Remote Mental Health Service at any time of the day or night on 13 14 65 to speak to trained counsellors and mental health experts.
Your GP may also refer you to a local service for ongoing support, if you feel you would benefit from speaking to a trained mental health professional.