As the climate change-fuelled bushfire crisis has unfolded across much of eastern Australia, we have been reflecting on our role in supporting better mental health and wellbeing for the people of NSW. We know that well after the initial physical danger has passed, traumatic experiences can continue to have significant negative impacts on people’s mental wellbeing.
As fire-affected communities return and take stock, we will be reaching out to local community health organisations across the state, including on the Far North Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Snowy Mountains and South Coast to see how we can best support people’s recovery and mental health.
For those who have been affected, it’s important to take time to see how you and those around you have been affected, and to reach out when needed.
Our friends at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health have staff available to support people in fire-affected regional areas through their Rural Adversity Mental Health Program. To find someone in your area, visit: https://www.crrmh.com.au/programs-and-projects/bushfire-support/.
Our WayAhead Directory can also help show you the range of existing mental health and social service organisations operating in your local area – www.directory.wayahead.org.au.