It's normal to have strong emotional and physical reactions after a significant event. There is no right or wrong way to feel – people can respond to the same event in very different ways.

Simple strategies can help like:

Information about practical, emotional, and mental health supports can be found via this guide or the National Recovery and Resilience Agency website

Find services in your local area by clicking the links below:


Bega Valley



Snowy Monaro

Queanbeyan - Palerang


Find services in South Eastern NSW:


I’m feeling unsettled and would like to try self-help supports

Head to Health offers digital mental health and information services including phone apps, online programs, online forums, and phone services.

How can I help others in my community?

Community Connect @ COORDINARE offers a range of workshops and events to support individual and community recovery.

Learn Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): a free, one-hour online suicide prevention course.


I would like to talk to a counsellor

COORDINARE partners with the following Bushfire Counsellors offering free face-to-face or phone support:

24-hour helplines are available here.


I’m concerned about my mental health

Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 if you need immediate assistance, or talk to your local doctor or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

Your Local Health District has free bushfire counselling available.

See our Mental health and Drug and alcohol partners.

Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 if you are in need of immediate assistance.

For other mental health concerns, visit or talk to someone you trust such as a doctor or health professional.