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.

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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NO-COST MENTAL HEALTH OPTIONS

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NATURAL DISASTER RECOVERY SERVICES

COORDINARE partners with the following services which provide free counselling to local individuals / families impacted by bushfires and / or floods:

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NEED HELP TO NAVIGATE AND ACCESS SERVICES?

Visit the National Bushfire Recovery Agency's Bushfire Recovery Connect website to find support.

Recovery Support Services can link you to your own personal recovery support worker who can help you navigate and access services. Call:

  • Bega Valley – (02) 6499 2345
  • Eurobodalla – (02) 4474 7434
  • Shoalhaven  1800 663 863
  • Snowy Monaro  (02) 6452 3450
  • Queanbeyan–Palerang – 0428 777 453

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TIPS TO LOOK AFTER YOURSELF

  • Allow time to regain a sense of normality.
  • Recognise when it's getting too much and if you're feeling overwhelmed, seek extra support.
  • Talk to someone you trust to help put things into perspective.
  • Develop an action plan and write it down.
  • Take care of yourself and try to get back to your normal routine. Eat, exercise, and sleep.
  • Get help and lean on family and friends. 
  • Consider professional help if you don't feel some return to normal after four weeks.
  • Support children by providing comfort, limiting exposure to media, and encouraging questions.

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CALL AN EXISTING HELPLINE

Find more helplines here.

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ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

Speak to your local doctor for support and advice.

Your Local Health District has no-cost bushfire counselling available here

Mental health and suicide prevention are key priorities at COORDINARE. Find out more on our Mental health and suicide prevention page.

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

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