Bushfire Support Resources

Get back on track with free support for people affected by bushfire living in South Western Sydney

The devastating 2019-2020 bushfires have had an enormous impact on many people and communities in our region, particularly in the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee shires. 

If you or your family have been impacted by bushfire - you can access support to get back on track.

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- Resources to support people affected by bushfire
- Practical information and other bushfire support
- Podcasts
- Helplines
 

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Have you been affected by bushfire?
Need some support to get back on track? 


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  • Feeling lonely, isolated or withdrawn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.

When to seek help
If your distress lasts longer than one month, or you are concerned - it is a good idea to seek the support of a health professional.
Speech bubble icon PHN blue Talking to your GP about how you are feeling is a good place to start.

What help is available?
Your GP can help you with different support options. This could include accessing local mental health services.
If you live in Wollondilly or Wingecarribee and feel you have been affected by the bushfire crisis, you and your family can access free mental health support.
 

FREE Mental Health Services 

COVID-19 UPDATE: It's a challenging time for many. Mental health services are still open and available in South Western Sydney, as many services use phone or video callsFind out more information about Mental Health Support during COVID-19.
 

Support for Children (aged 3 to 12)
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STAR4Kids provides free mental health support for children affected by bushfire who live in Wollondilly and Wingecarribee.

How to access STAR4Kids
Speech bubble icon PHN blueTalk to your GP to find out more.
Or call AT Full Potential onphone PHN blue icon4655 1694 to discuss a referral. 



Support for Young People (aged 12 to 25)
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Wollondilly and Wingecarribee > ReFrame
How to access ReFrame

ReFrame provides free mental health support for young people affected by bushfire.
Speech bubble icon PHN blueTalk to your GP to find out more.
Or call or text Community Links Wellbeing onphone PHN blue icon0455 104 104 to discuss a referral.


Support for Adults
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You in Mind provides free mental health support for people (aged 12 and over) affected by bushfire. 

How to access You in Mind
Wollondilly and Wingecarribee
Speech bubble icon PHN blueTalk to your GP to find out more.
Or call/text Community Links Wellbeing onphone PHN blue icon0455 104 104.
If you live in Warragamba/Silverdale areas - call Connection Emotion Reflection onphone PHN blue icon4684 3663 to discuss a referral. 


Support for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
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Wollondilly and Wingecarribee
Connection Emotion Reflection provides free mental health support for people affected by bushfire who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

How to access Connection Emotion Reflection
Speech bubble icon PHN blueTalk to your GP to find out more.
Or call Connection Emotion Reflection onphone PHN blue icon4684 3663 to discuss a referral.
 

Other bushfire support 

We have put together some useful resources for individuals and communities in South Western Sydney in need of support.


Resources to support people affected by bushfire
Bushfire Support Information image_Page_1Bushfire Mental Health 
Support and Resources
in South Western Sydney 

Mental health information for young people

Protect yourself from smoke

Other important information

yellow sky train tack sws_squareHealthdirect - Bushfire Health and Safety

medicine blister pack pills medication_squareManaging medications during and after a bushfire

rsf nsw logo screen_squareNSW RFS - (NSW Rural Fire Service) - major fire updates

Warning symbol_square Returning home safely after a bushfire

After Hours Medical Care imageHealthdirect - After Hours GP helpline - Need to find a GP or pharmacy at night or the weekend?

Legal assistance_square Law Council of Australia - Resources for assistance

 

Podcast

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Listen to Lifeiine’s HOLDING ON TO HOPE' podcast - Survivor of three major bushfires, Chris Bogusis, tells his story in the 24 March, 2020 episode.

Resources for GPs - Practice Pulse January 2020 
 

Need help now?

If emergency help is required, call 000.
Call the following numbers for free, confidential support 24/7 from trained specialist counsellors.

Counselling Online (Drug and Alcohol Counselling): 1800 422 599 (24/7)


Coping with bushfire recovery two years on

The devasting Wollondilly and Wingecarribee bushfires were only two years ago. Do you need support?