Mental health help

Disasters such as flooding and bushfires are becoming commonplace and affects many Australians. The mental legacy of such events can be devastating if not dealt with properly at the time.

National depression initiative, beyondblue, has produced the booklet, Looking after Yourself after a Disaster, which highlights the common reactions people may have in the weeks and months following a devastating event. Developed with the assistance of the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, the Australian Red Cross and the Australian Centre for Grief and Loss, the booklet gives advice on:

·tgrief and survivor guilt

·thow to manage the emotional impact

·thow to help family and friends

·twhere to get help

·tproblem-solving exercise sheets

In addition to the booklet, beyondblue is also providing training for community members on how to deal with the aftermath of a disaster.

To enquire about training or request a copy of Looking after Yourself after a Disaster, call 1300 22 4636 or visit beyondblue.org.au.

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