Bushfire Mental Health Services
It is normal to have strong emotional and/or physical reactions following a distressing event. This includes natural disasters such as bushfires. You can experience these reactions whether you are directly or indirectly affected.
Almost everyone who experiences a distressing event will be emotionally impacted. But not everyone will respond in the same way.
Possible reactions to distressing events include:
- Feeling stressed, anxious, exhausted or confused
- Feeling sad, overwhelmed or angry
- Shock, feeling ‘numb’
- Uncertainty about the future
- Feeling lonely, isolated or withdrawn
- Feeling unwell – headaches, difficulty sleeping, eating, weight loss/gain
- Resentment or blaming others
- Increased substance use
- Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
- Nightmares or vivid dreams
For many people, these reactions will lessen over a few days or weeks, however for some people it may take longer. Help is available if you need it.
Free Mental Health Services for Individuals Affected by Bushfires in Wollondilly, Wingecarribee and Camden
Other useful resources:
Lifeline Bushfire Recovery Helpline – 13 HELP – 13 43 57
Mental Health First Aid – Assisting a Person Affected by the Bushfire Crisis