Community support information
Fire and Rescue NSW appreciates the help and assistance you have provided on the scene. Traumatic events can be mentally and emotionally demanding. Everyone reacts differently after they witness or are involved in a traumatic event. This is normal, so expect that over the next few hours or days you may not feel like your regular self.
Possible reactions include:
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Being emotional - tearful, unsettled, irritable
- Having problems with sleep/restlessness
- Thinking a lot about the incident
- Being distracted
- Feeling anxious
Generally, these reactions will settle after a few days or weeks. However, if you wish to talk to someone about the incident now, or in the future, please contact any of these support services.
Additionally, take care of yourself, reach out to loved ones for support and reassurance. For further information on mental health, the following organisations may be of assistance:
Head to Health
Provides a list of publicly funded, Australian Mental
Health Resources. Visit headtohealth.gov.au [external link]
Wellbeing and support after natual disasters
Natural disasters, cleaning up and recovery can take a toll on your mental and physical health. It’s vital people seek support and look after their own and their loved ones' wellbeing.