Today (August 24) marks Daffodil Day in Australia, raising awareness of cancer in our communities and encouraging donations to help fund better treatments and give hope for more survivors.
Around one in ten young Australian people will have a parent diagnosed with cancer – and research conducted by CanTeen and the University of Sydney found that 61 per cent of these people aged 12-24 display "high levels of psychological distress" often seen in people seeking support.
CanTeen is a national charity that helps young people aged 12-24 fight cancer – "no matter what their cancer experience". The charity found that most young people who have a parent with cancer want to learn ways of coping with the stress.
An initiative called Truce was developed by CanTeen and is a seven week face-to-face skills based group support program, that will help young people better cope having a parent with cancer. Psycho-education, values-based living, dealing with difficult thoughts and feelings and mindfulness are covered in the program.
A health insurance policy can help in getting the care and treatment you or a family member requires.
Look after the health and wellbeing of your loved ones by getting family health insurance – helping you to ensure that they get the support they need.