Supporting mental health recovery in the community after a disaster
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This booklet is to help support mental health recovery in the community after a disaster & provide tips
For people experiencing a normal stress and grief response who would benefit from some support to help get things back on track.
Often people affected by disasters will recover with the support of family, friends and other natural support systems. However, sometimes extra support is needed to help get things back on track.
If you or others around you are experiencing a normal stress and grief response but would benefit from some short-term support to help get things back on track.
Depending on the type and impact of the disaster, SA Health may engage Red Cross to provide Psychological First Aid for affected communities. Psychological first aid is most commonly used in the days and weeks following the disaster; however, the timeframes may vary. It aims to support natural recovery for those affected by:
Telephone: (08) 8100 4500
Psychological First Aid can be accessed via the Relief and Recovery Centres (if established)
For more information visit www.sa.gov.au/recovery or contact the Recovery Hotline on 1800 302 787.
Regional Access is a telephone and online support service that provides up to three short-term counselling sessions for people in country South Australia. Regional Access can be contacted 24-hours a day, seven days a week. If you or others around you are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, symptoms of distress, anxiety or depression.
The service offers three main functions:
The service is provided by professionally trained counsellors who support people to build resilience, foster healthy relationships, and connect people with community support.
Telephone: 1300 032 186
There are also a range of telephone and online support services available. For more information visit the resources page.
If the impacts of the disaster are feeling a bit overwhelming and you need more support, it may be helpful to talk with your GP or a mental health professional.
Speak with your GP about any concerns that you have, as early as possible. The GP will be able to help you to complete a mental health care plan which will provide access to specialist mental health services.
To find a GP in your local area visit National Health Services Directory.
Children and young people exposed to disasters will react in different ways. Some will return to their usual functioning and settle back into routines within a few weeks, however, some may need extra support to cope.
It is important to be aware of changes in a child or young person’s thinking, behaviour, level of activity, physical health or emotional state so they can be linked in with supports early.
The impact of a traumatic event and the length of time it takes to recover will be different for every child and depends on many different factors, including:
Information hotline: 1800 000 279
General enquiries: (08) 8226 1000
For support, information and links to appropriate services where there are significant concerns about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Telephone: (08) 8161 7198
beyondblue provides online and telephone-based information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Telephone: 1300 22 4636
Ifarmwell is an online tool kit to help farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day. ifarmwell has been designed based on what Australian farmers have said they want and what research shows will help.
myCompass is free online, interactive self-help program. myCompass is designed to address mild to-moderate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression through personalised treatments delivered entirely online.
Lifeline provides online and telephone support and resources, including helpful factsheets and information, and online self-help tools.
Telephone: 13 11 14