Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke chats with workers and volunteers at the Dunns Road Emergency Headquarters

The NSW Government is deploying teams of mental health clinicians to support people suffering from the bushfire crisis to help rebuild their lives.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said that it is important that we realise that the effects of the bushfires on community members will continue long after the crisis period has passed.

“We all pull together during a crisis, but we need to remember that the trauma that fire affected community members, Emergency Services members and volunteers may continue long after the flames are out.” Ms Cooke said.

“I encourage everyone to reach out to these community members and remind them that they are not going through this alone. The NSW Government has organised Bushfire Recovery specialists to support everyone affected by these horrendous circumstances.”

Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said specialist Bushfire Recovery Clinicians will work right across NSW to support individuals, carers and families.

“We are delivering mental health support where and when it is needed most and we will be there for as long as it takes to help people recover from the devastating bushfires,” Mrs Taylor said.

“We want to ensure people in bushfire-affected communities can access appropriate and timely services to help with their mental health and wellbeing.”

The clinicians are easily identified by their NSW Health fluorescent vests and add to the Disaster Welfare Services already being provided at Evacuation Centres throughout bushfire-affected areas.
They will help build community resilience and focus on vulnerable people.

The Disaster Welfare Assistance Line is also staffed with counselling support and can be accessed by phone on 1800 018 444.

More help can be accessed via:

NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511

Lifeline on 131114

Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636

Mensline on 1300 789 978 or

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800