Relief & Recovery

2009 Bushfires Anniversary

The 2009 bushfires were a traumatic and distressing event. As the anniversary approaches, people may experience different emotional and physical reactions. These feelings are normal and on most occasions, will subside again within a few weeks as part of the body’s natural healing and recovery process.

Victorian Government funding will increase mental health and health support, through existing services, for bushfire-affected communities and first responders, and support the provision of psychological first aid at commemorative events. More information about commemorative events are avaliable on the dedicated website www.vic.gov.au/2009-bushfires.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is providing support to existing, trusted, local service providers wherever possible to make sure communities have access to services which are tailored to their needs. These include counselling services; mental health, alcohol and other drugs counselling; community engagement activities; and GP locums. To access these local services you can speak with your doctor or a mental health professional.

Anyone experiencing problems or changes in behaviour should contact their doctor, mental health professional, or Lifeline on 13 11 14 for help and support.

More support services and recovery advice is available on the DHHS website.

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