Mental Health Support for Bushfire Affected Australians
After a bushfire, it’s common for people to struggle with feelings, thoughts and even memories from the tragic losses that can occur. To support your recovery, the Mental Health Support for Bushfire Affected Australians provides free mental health support to people impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires.
The program provides ten priority sessions to individuals, families and emergency personnel. Mental health clinicians will work with you to create coping strategies and provide counselling to support your recovery.
There are no waiting lists, and support is available via phone or in-person consultations.
How do I access Mental Health Support for Bushfire Affected Australians?This program is for:
- Individuals or families affected by bushfires
- Emergency service personnel
The program is available to in Rylstone, Running Stream, Oberon and Jenolan Caves area. However, you can still access this support if you live in the Western NSW region.
GPs can refer people into the program by:
- Downloading the referral form
- Completing a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP)
- Sending referral and MHTP via secure messaging or encrypted email to our Intake and Assessment team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clients are also able to self-refer into the program by calling our Intake and Assessment team on 02 6826 5271.
Once referrals are received, our Intake and Assessment team will contact the client to make a priority appointment.
Mental Health Support for Bushfire Affected Australians operates Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding Public holidays). The secure email is not monitored out of office hours.
This is NOT a crisis service – for help in a crisis situation, call the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 or if a life is in danger, call triple zero immediately.
Documents for GPs and referrers
This service is supported by funding from the Western NSW PHN through the Australian Government's PHN program.