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Taking care of mental health after bushfires

Mental health after bushfires factsheet
10 February 2020


It’s common to feel stressed in the aftermath of a disaster, and bushfire is no exception. The good news is that for most people these feelings will fade with time. Our researchers have developed a practical guide to help you manage your and other’s mental health after the impact of fire – “ASK for help”.

Download the “ASK for help” mental health flyer (1.4MB PDF)

 If you or anyone you know needs help contact Lifeline on 13 11 14  or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.


Acknowledege your stress

It is NORMAL and common to be stressed when there are bushfires. For most, this will fade with time.


Some things you can do

  1. Be patient with yourself
  2. Spend time with others
  3. Focus on your strengths
  4. Take time out if you're angry
  5. Remember what’s important
  6. Manage self-critical thoughts

Click here for information on how to support children after bushfires.


Know when to get help

  • Are you feeling overwhelmed?
  • Are your loved ones concerned about you?
  • Are you finding it hard to make decisions?
  • Are you unable to do your usual activities

Help is available. Talk to your GP, or contact Lifeline.

Supporting children

Emerging Minds is dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children, teens and their families. Emerging Minds curates a large selection of resources that will assist in supporting children after bushfires.

About our research

Our thanks to all who participated in our survey for helping us to understand more about the effects of bushfire smoke on health, wellbeing and lifestyle. Read more

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Taking care of your mental health after bushfires

Take care of your and other's mental health after bushfires (PDF 1.4MB)

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