Several support services can assist farmers after an emergency.
General assistance information
For up to date information on the range of support available for emergency events across Victoria see Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria.
Your local council may have the information you need.
Managing your health
The Department of Health and Human Services has a range of resources to assist with managing health issues after an emergency.
- managing stress during emergencies
- managing emotions in emergencies – working with affected people
- managing your health and safety – bushfires
If you are dealing with stressful events you might find it helpful to talk them over with a local GP or with a member of the clergy. You might also find it useful to contact a counselling or personal support service or a telephone help line.
The following personal and family counselling hotlines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Mensline on 1300 78 99 78
- Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
For information about depression, anxiety and substance-use related disorders in the Australian community visit beyondblue or call on 1300 224 636.
For information about family relationship issues, see the Australian government's website family relationships online or call on 1800 050 321.
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.
For information on Rural Financial Counselling in your area visit Rural Financial Counselling Victoria.
Other assistance may also be available from the following organisations: