This Sunday the 19th November marks the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2023. This annual event provides the opportunity to pay our respects to those killed and injured on Western Australian roads. Find out more about the World Day of Remembrance here.
To mark this day and in the lead-up to the holiday season, Road Trauma Support WA is launching its annual campaign Six Supportive Steps. The six week online campaign helps people impacted by road trauma who are grieving the loss of a loved one support themselves or others during the holiday season.
The Six Supportive Steps campaign uses actionable tips and strategies, with each week focusing on one of the six supportive steps:
- Remember: Remembering is an important step when supporting yourself or a loved one with grief.
- Acknowledge: Acknowledge your feelings and emotions when you’re grieving.
- Plan: Plan for events or occasions that could be difficult for you or your loved ones.
- Act: Take action to find balance between celebrating and quiet time.
- Support: Support your or others through grief by sharing feelings, memories, rituals, and traditions.
- Take time: Take time for yourself during the holiday season, especially if you’re grieving a loved one.
If you have experienced road trauma or lost a loved one to a road incident, this time of year can bring a range of emotions- anxiety, guilt, sadness, mixed with positive emotions and happy moments.
Road Trauma Support WA wants to support people to prepare for and cope with the holiday season, and make sure Western Australians know free, no-referral, specialised road trauma information, support and counselling is available.
You can also download the Six Supportive Steps Digital Resources Toolkit for useful social media posts, newsletter articles, eSignature, alongside media and blog content and tailor your own articles and posts.