Bushfires affect people in the community differently, depending on the stress or loss you or your loved ones have experienced. There are things you can do to take care of yourself and your emotional wellbeing, or that of someone you care about.
Individuals may experience many different emotional and physical reactions if directly or indirectly affected by bushfires. Common reactions may include feeling overwhelmed, tearfulness, sleep problems and a lack of concentration or difficulty focusing. In most cases these reactions will fade over the following weeks. There are links below to supports that may help you during this time, or you can download a useful guide here.
However, if at any time these reactions are seriously affecting your ability to participate in day to day activities, it's important to speak to your doctor about the support options available.
Bushfire Support Counselling will help individuals and families impacted by bushfires. View the CatholicCare flyer or call 1800 068 698.
Grand Pacific Health offer face-to-face or phone counselling to South Eastern NSW residents. Call 1800 228 987.
View a list of all our commissioned mental health and suicide prevention programs here.
The National Bushfire Recovery Agency Bushfire Recovery Connect helps you to connect to a range of counselling, psychological and other agencies to help you connect to the support you need.
Bushfire Care Navigators can connect people requiring support for physical / mental wellbeing with care services. Call Barnardos Australia (Shoalhaven) on 1800 663 863, or MacKillop Family Services (Southern NSW) on 1300 736 384.
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