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 likely 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 the high, a low often follows.

Visit the page below for further details on the symptoms associated with stress following an emergency:

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.

For information on support services and grants available, see:



Contact details

General support

See Relief and 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)

Nurse on Call
Ph: 1300 606 024


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

Ph: 1800 737 732

Kids HelpLine

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

Ph: 1800 551 800


Counselling and information for families with children up to 18 years. Open 8am to midnight, 7 days.

Ph: 132 289

MensLine Australia

24-hour counselling and advice for men.

Ph: 1300 789 978


24-hour telephone counselling, information and referral service.

Ph: 13 11 14


Provides information on depression and anxiety.

Ph: 1300 224 636

Family Relationship Service

Providing families with access to information about family relationship issues.

Ph: 1800 050 321

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 1,500 volunteers trained to respond to disasters in Victoria.

Ph: (03) 9650 4511


Page last updated: 07 Sep 2021