The distress being felt across our community right now is natural. This summer has presented challenges that have changed lives and placed added pressure on people and communities.
Much strength and good will has come from the days and nights we have faced together but a great deal of healing and renewal is underway.
Some people will need help at different times during the months ahead, that’s normal and to be expected. Friends, family and community contacts can be the best support.
Adding to that are a host of mental wellbeing services you can access.
Your local doctor is a good place to start and can develop a Mental Health Treatment Plan through Medicare, linking you to mental health clinicians and services.
www.beyondblue.org.au or 1300 22 4635
www.kidshelpline.com.au or 1800 55 1800
Headspace Bega provides health and well-being services for young people aged 12-25. Their main hub is located on the Rooftop Carpark, Sapphire Marketplace, Upper Street, Bega and is open Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5pm. They also have locations in Eden, Narooma and Cooma. Services are free and you can contact them on 1800 959 844.
Mensline 1300 789 978
If you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s mental health, you can call the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 for advice.
If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
Farm Gate counsellors - Farmers and business owners in bushfire affected areas can access Farm Gate counsellors and peer support workers. Contact the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.
The Red Cross has put together some useful resources about coping with a major personal crisis.
The Bushfire Recovery Centre can connect you with information and access to health and wellbeing services. Call 6499 2345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.