Looking After Mental Health During a Bushfire Disaster

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Mental Health expert Professor Nicholas Procter has been calling for a national, ‘trauma informed’ crisis response to the bushfire crisis.

The Federal Government has responded by pledging $76 million to support communities, including emergency personnel, firefighters and individuals facing hardship.

The leader of UniSA's Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group says a disaster can impact people in a myriad of ways and there are ways to get help.

Professor Procter joins Jennie Lenman to discuss.

Anyone who needs immediate distress and trauma support can contact Services Australia on 180 22 66 or a local Primary Health Network at health.gov.au/phn

Anyone experiencing distress as a result of the fires can get immediate support through Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636, the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, or the Government’s mental health portal headtohealth.gov.au.

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