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