Mental health in CALD communities affected by bushfires

The recent bushfires in Australia have impacted people in many different ways. Even those who are not in bushfire affected areas are experiencing the ongoing physical and mental health effects of smoke, changes in weather, the loss of the natural environment and many other issues.  

During these times, it is important to look after your own mental health and to reach out to those in your community who may also be affected. Looking after your mental health and reaching out to your community is important for your wellbeing.

If you are looking for further information on the impact of bushfires on mental health, the following resources are available in a number of languages to assist you and your community:

Family help kit - post traumatic stress factsheet

Revised in August of 2019, Transcultural Mental Health Centre

Family help kit - grief and loss

Revised in August of 2019, Transcultural Mental Health Centre

Help for you and your family after disaster factsheet

Revised in August of 2019, Transcultural Mental Health Centre

Trauma - reaction and recovery

Revised in September of 2018, Department of Health and Human Services

Smoky outside? Protect your health

Revised November of 2019, Department of Health and Human Services

Looking after children who have been affected by disasters

Australian Psychological Society

Birdie stories

Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health services- Queensland Government

Mental Health First Aid Trauma Event Guidelines

Mental Health First Aid Trauma Event Guidelines

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