Bushfires can have a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of affected communities and individuals.
The impact may also be felt by people who are not directly affected by bushfire activity, but may have experienced previous trauma related to a natural disaster, have loved ones in affected areas or are witnessing traumatic events through media coverage and social media.
There is a range of practical and emotional resources available for people who wish to seek support due to the impact of bushfires.
If you, or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 000 or visit your nearest hospital.
If you have been affected by the bushfires and needs some extra support, reach out and access these services:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800
Mensline Australia: 1300 78 99 78
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Disaster Welfare Assistance Line: 1800 018 444
GriefLine: 1300 845 745
Life After Bushfires
This digital mental health resource from SANE Australia was primarily designed to help New South Wales South Coast residents focus on their mental wellbeing as part of their bushfire recovery.
Life After Bushfires includes real stories from local residents affected by complex mental health issues, and provides information, tailored support services and connection.