If you, your friends or family have been affected by the recent (and ongoing) Australian Bushfires, you may be experiencing a range of different emotions, mental health symptoms or trauma. Crisis events are extremely distressing and it’s normal to feel stressed, overwhelmed, upset or anxious.
First and foremost, if at any time you are worried about your mental health or the mental health of a loved one, call Lifeline on 13 11 14
You can also contact:
- Your doctor, local community health centre
- A Counsellor, Social Worker or Psychologist. Kerry is offering anyone affected by the bushfires single-session crisis counselling sessions for free (even without a Mental Health Treatment Plan). Get in touch with me to arrange this.
- Parentline Tel. 13 22 89 or the Kids Helpline Tel. 1800 55 1800Person
- NURSE-ON-CALL Tel. 1300 60 60 24 – for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days)
- Australian Psychological Society Referral Service Tel. 1800 333 497
I have also put together a list of articles, practical suggestions, financial, food and mental health support options for those affected by the bushfires:
- The Red Cross has a list of practical things to consider for those who have been evacuated and are returning home after a bushfire.
- The Red Cross also has an article on looking after yourself when coping with a major crisis.
- Headspace has an article on how to cope with the stress of natural disasters.
- Supporting your child after a natural disaster.
- Support for CFA volunteers, employers and operational employees.
- Bushfire resources to help those working with bushfire affected people and communities.
- Financial assistance information for those affected (in Victoria).
- Personal well-being and Family Violence resources (in Victoria).
- Relief and Recovery Centres in Victoria.
- Getting help with food and groceries during a disaster.