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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BUSHFIRE RECOVERY SERVICES

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:

  • CatholicCare: call 1800 068 698 or view the flyer
  • Grand Pacific Health: call 1800 228 987
  • headspace Bega, Batemans BayNowra, GoulburnQueanbeyan or Wollongong
  • Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Regional Health & Community Services: call Narooma – (02) 4476 2155, Bega – (02) 6492 0532, or Batemans Bay – (02) 4488 4050.

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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

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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

For urgent concerns, please call the 24-hour Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.

If you are concerned for your immediate safety or the safety of others, please dial 000 or visit your nearest emergency department.