Check your health and wellbeing

During an emergency people tend to exist in a survival state to get through the incident, using up considerable emotional reserves.

They are likely to have a targeted focus and work hard for long periods, putting aside essential needs including food, water and sleep. It’s also important to recognise that after this demanding period a low often follows.

Find out more about the symptoms associated with stress following an emergency.

Personal wellbeing

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 a number of support services available (listed below) 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
  • a counsellor or psychologist
  • Parentline 13 22 89 or the Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
  • Nurse-On-Call 1300 60 60 24 – for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days)
  • Australian Psychological Society Referral Service 1800 333 497

For information about symptoms associated with stress following an emergency, visit VicEmergency Personal well-being.

For information about trauma and things you can do to cope with and recover from traumatic events, visit the Better Health Channel:

Looking after yourself

  • Find someone to talk to; discuss your experience and feelings.
  • Visit and chat to other farmers.
  • Focus on doing straightforward tasks such as feeding livestock.
  • Get away from the farm for a few hours or a day.
  • Try to stick to family routines, stop for meals, take regular breaks.
  • Talk to your partner and children, they will also need support.
  • Try to attend local recovery events.

List of support services available



Contact details

General support

See Relief & Recovery information at Vic Emergency or contact the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line.

General Practitioners can also provide valuable support and arrange additional assistance if required.

Vic Emergency

Information Line
Ph: 1300 799 232

Urgent mental health concerns

If you have urgent concerns about the mental health of others or yourself there are services available.

In an emergency you can also call 000 for assistance.

Mental Health Services
Ph: 1800 808 284 (available 24 hours)

Ph: 1300 606 024


A 24-hour counselling service delivered by qualified experienced professionals.

Ph: 1800 737 732

Australian Red Cross Provides services, support and financial assistance for those affected by disasters Ph: 1800 232 969


Provides information on depression and anxiety.

Ph: 1300 224 636

Disaster Legal Help Provides free legal advice and assistance and referrals to Victorians affected by a disaster. Ph: 1800 113 432

Family Relationship Service

Providing families with access to information about family relationship issues.

Ph: 1800 050 321

Insurance Council of Australia Coordinates industry and government liaison during the recovery phase of a disaster event.

Ph: 1300 444 557

Insurance Council of Australia

Kids Helpline

Confidential telephone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

Ph: 1800 551 800


24-hour telephone counselling, information and referral service.

Ph: 13 11 14

MensLine Australia

24-hour counselling and advice for men.

Ph: 1300 789 978


Counselling and information for families with children up to 18 years. Open 8am to midnight, seven days.

Ph: 132 289

Rural Aid Rural Aid offers free, confidential counselling to Rural Aid registered farmers and their family.

To register visit the Rural Aid website

Ph: 1300 327 624


Rural Financial Counsellors Provides free, independent financial assessment for farming families and small rural businesses, including for people from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Find a Rural Financial Counselling Service in your area:

Rural Financial Counselling Service

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Salvation Army Charity providing services, support and financial assistance for those affected by disasters.

Ph: 1300 662 217


Salvation Army

Victorian Better Health Channel

Health and medical information that is quality assured, reliable, up to date, easy to understand, regularly reviewed and locally relevant.

Victorian Council of Churches

The Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry began in 1977 and has grown to over 1500 volunteers trained to respond to disasters in Victoria.

Ph: (03) 9650 4511


Page last updated: 04 Mar 2024