Recovery after bushfire for you and others—the immediate coming days
A key to recovery is to remain as healthy as you can and recognising that experiencing stress in traumatic situations is normal.
Quick tips to help right now.
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A key to recovery is to remain as healthy as you
- Remember to take medications
- Stay connected to other people is critical to recovery—talk/listen
- Take a moment to recharge—walk away, stop, breath, take a rest
- Avoid unnecessary exposure to further distressing images
- Food—eat healthy food where possible, limit high sugar/fat/salt
- Water— keep well hydrated with clean/uncontaminated drinking water
- Sleep—make sleep a priority
- Minimise alcohol consumption
- Be careful not to overheat—avoid working in the heat of the day
Signs of distress in yourself and others
- Inability to focus
- Difficulty in making decisions
- Withdrawing from contact with people
- Physical symptoms: nausea, headache, muscle aches, skin rashes, insomnia
In the immediate coming days practical support is often the most helpful
- In a crisis proactively seek urgent support for yourself and others (see contact numbers)
- If you’ve had a near death experience or experienced significant trauma seek support.
- Children—are there family/friends who can help?
- Livestock and pets—do they have water, food, fodder?
- Stock welfare—do you need veterinary advice?
- Ask for what you need—it’s okay to receive food and help—just as you want to help others, others want to help you.
|Beyond Blue||1300 224 636|
|Lifeline||13 11 44|
|Mental Health Services||1800 808 284|
|Mensline||1300 789 978|
|Kids Helpline||1800 551 800|
|Nurse on Call||1300 606 024|
|Rural Financial Counselling Service||1800 686 175|
|Animal Welfare Assessments, Agriculture Victoria||1800 226 226|
|Australian Government Disaster Assistance||Disaster Assist|
|Fodder Assistance, Victorian Farmers Federation||1300 882 833 or Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF)|
|Emergency Livestock Water||Contact your local council|
Page last updated: 05 Oct 2022