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The bushfires devastating our nation over the past few months have proven to be an upsetting and stressful time for many Australians.
During these traumatic situations, it is entirely normal for people to be feeling scared, overwhelmed, anxious and confused.
Anyone directly or indirectly affected by the fires can have these feelings.
In addition, you may also find that you are:
For the majority of people, these feelings will begin to disappear after a short period of time. But for some people the symptoms can become constant and problematic.
If you are feeling that these issues are affecting you a lot, it is very important that you seek help.
It has been shown that early treatment of these symptoms can effectively help to reduce the risk of future mental health issues.1
You should consider seeking help from a GP or mental health service as soon as possible if these symptoms are:
If you aren’t sure, it is recommended that you do seek help.
The best option is talking to a GP or mental health service that will be able to point you on the right path based on your personal symptoms.
There are a number of treatments that have been shown to help in these early stages, but the most common treatment at this time is talking therapy with a health professional or counsellor.2
Research suggests that there are steps communities can take during and directly after natural disasters to help reduce the risk of mental health issues throughout the community.
Staying connected to those around you during these times has shown to help shield people from developing more permanent mental health problems.
It is recommended that you:
Children and teenagers can be heavily affected by traumatic experiences. It can be extremely difficult knowing how to speak to them whether they have been directly or indirectly impacted.
The below resources may also be helpful for you and your children:
Phoenix Australia | resources on recovery after a traumatic experiences
Life in Mind | full list of services and support to assist during the bushfire emergency
Online Clinic | free assessment developed by expert clinicians to give you useful resources and a report you could discuss with your GP
Australian Psychological Society | recovering from bushfires information sheets
Centre for Remote and Rural Mental Health | specific information for people living in remote and rural areas
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