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