PEOPLE that have been impacted by the bushfires on the South Coast will be receiving important support from the Central West next week.
Lifeline Central West has been asked to send people to the South Coast to help victims who have been displaced by the fires and potentially link them with professional help.
Chief executive officer Stephanie Robinson said the call for help came from ClubsNSW, which has been providing refuge to evacuees.
"We have been asked specifically to come down," Ms Robinson said.
"We're sending a small team down to provide support. The request has come from ClubsNSW because we have provided this kind of rapid response before."
In addition to sending a team to the South Coast, Lifeline Central West has also been fielding an increased number of calls for help.
Ms Robinson said people are stressed from not only the bushfires, but the ongoing drought and climate challenges.
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Ms Robinson said that, with the fires, it's been harder for people to see that as the case.
"People often look forward to the new year because they see it as a new start. I think with the current crisis people don't see it as a happy new year or a good start to the year, and we are trying to help them through that," she said.
Lifeline Central West counsellors will leave the region on Sunday night and intend to be with those South Coast communities for one to two weeks.
Ms Robinson said it was an easy decision to make to visit these areas.
"We have the skills and the availability to do that and we want to support the people down on the South Coast," she said.
Victims of the bushfires will be able to talk to the counsellors, which can help them on the road to recovery from the tragedy.
People seeking support often use Lifeline Digital services, which includes phone calls, text and online chat services, but Ms Robinson said face-to-face contact in times of crisis can sometimes be more helpful.
It is part of the Lifeline Community services.
"Going out and doing that is something we have been working on the last 18 months and we will continue to do that," Ms Robinson.
Those who need someone to talk to are encouraged to call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for help.