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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MEDICARE BUSHFIRE RECOVERY COUNSELLING

Anyone impacted by the bushfires can access Medicare bushfire recovery counselling.

You do not need a mental health plan from a doctor or a diagnosed mental illness to obtain these face-to-face and telehealth services.

Most counsellors bulk bill Medicare and others do have co-payments. View a list of services here.

 

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COORDINARE FUNDED SERVICES

View a list of all our commissioned mental health and suicide prevention programs here.

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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 OPTIONS

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OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES