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.
It can help to talk about what you’ve been through and how you’re feeling. COORDINARE funds services which provide counselling to individuals and families impacted by bushfires including:
You may prefer to reach out to another of our commissioned mental health services. Details can be found here.
The National Bushfire Recovery Agency Bushfire Recovery Connect website helps you to connect to the support you need.
Recovery Support Services can link you to your own personal recovery support worker who can help you navigate and access services and support. Call:
The Local Health District has no-cost bushfire counselling:
Or speak to your local doctor.
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