Support services after an emergency
It is normal to have strong reactions following a distressing or frightening event and people can experience a range of physical, mental, emotional and behavioural reactions.
There are several support services available to assist you and your family recover from the strong emotional or physical reactions you may be experiencing.
If at any time you are worried about your mental health or the mental health of a loved one, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Or contact:
- Your doctor, local community health centre or Western Victoria Primary Health Network
- A Counsellor or Psychologist
- Parentline Tel. 13 22 89 or the Kids Helpline Tel. 1800 55 1800
- Nurse-On-Call Tel. 1300 60 60 24 – for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days)
- Australian Psychological Society Referral Service Tel. 1800 333 497
More information about potential reactions and things you can do to cope with and recover from traumatic events can be found here:
- Trauma reactions and recovery
- Trauma and families
- Trauma tips for parents
- Trauma and teenagers
- Trauma and primary school age children
- Trauma and children two to five
- Trauma and children newborns to two years
- Post-traumatic stress
- Survivor reactions to traumatic events
- Near-miss experiences and traumatic events
- Recovery after bushfire for you and others – the immediate coming days (PDF - 345.3 KB)
- Recovery after bushfire for you and others – the immediate coming days (WORD - 4.8 MB)
Rural Financial Counsellors can provide free, independent financial assessment for farming families and small rural businesses. This includes services for people from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Contact details for Rural Financial Counselling in your area are availlable on this website.
Other assistance may also be available from the following organisations: