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Bushfire Mental Health Support Services

Bushfires often cause trauma and distress for individuals, families and communities. Many people affected will recover over time with support from relatives, friends and colleagues. Some people will require additional psychological support.

There are a range of specific resources to help people work towards recovery in the event of a disaster. The Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network, NSW Health, the Australian Red Cross, Salvation Army and Rural Financial Counselling Service are available at the Recovery Centre to provide support where needed.

Support services can also be contacted by calling the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 or Service NSW on 13 77 88.

Looking After Yourself

During a bushfire emergency, and when returning home, it is important to take care of yourself and your mental health.

Remember to:

spend time with family and friends.

try to get back to a routine but don’t push yourself and work too hard.

continue a healthy lifestyle (try to eat well, sleep and exercise)

take time out, but don’t isolate yourself.

accept help when it’s offered.

It’s important you seek professional help if you are experiencing extreme feeling of distress, emotional reactions that last for more than a few weeks, or distress that interferes with your regular everyday activities.

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