Bushfire support

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.

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TIPS TO LOOK AFTER YOURSELF

  • Allow time - to regain a sense of normality.
  • Recognise when it's getting too much - if you're feeling overwhelmed, seek extra support.
  • Talk to someone you trust - talking about your emotions can help put things into perspective.
  • Develop an action plan - decide who’s going to do what and when and write it down.
  • Take care of yourself - eat well, exercise and sleep. Try to get back to your normal routine. 
  • Get help - lean on family and friends. 
  • Consider professional help - if you don't feel some return to normal after four weeks.
  • Support children - provide comfort, limit exposure to media coverage, allow them to ask questions.

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COORDINARE FUNDED SERVICES

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.

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NATIONAL BUSHFIRE RECOVERY AGENCY

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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CALL AN EXISTING HELPLINE

  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000 or visit your nearest emergency department.
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 also have a dedicated bushfire recovery support line on 13 43 57 lifeline.org.au
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 beyondblue.org.au
  • MensLine: 1300 78 9978 www.mensline.org.au/
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 kidshelpline.com.au
  • NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511 farmers & business owners can access Farm Gate counsellors.
  • GriefLine: 1300 845 745 griefline.org.au
  • Qlife: 1800 184 527 qlife.org.au
  • Disaster Welfare Assistance Line: 1800 018 444
  • Law Access NSW Disaster Response Hotline:          1800 801 529

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NO-COST MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

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OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES