A critical incident is any situation faced by emergency service personnel that causes unusually strong emotional reactions which have the potential to interfere with their ability to function either at the scene or later. It’s an unfortunate reality that at some point while performing lifesaving duties most lifesavers will be involved in a critical incident.
Health practitioners encourage people affected by traumatic events to seek the support of family, friends, community and professional groups. Life Saving Victoria also offers a limited professional confidential counselling service should you like to access.
More information is available from any of the Club Directors. You can also visit the Life Saving Victoria website (https://lsv.com.au/clubs-members/support/member-welfare/) for more resources and information.
Other services include:
Lifeline – 131 114 or www.lifeline.org.au
Kids Lifeline – 1800 55 1800 (for those 5 to 25 years of age)