Ongoing bushfires on the east coast of NSW and further inland have taken a toll on regional and rural communities, including having an effect on the mental-health and wellbeing of those affected. Rural communities will need continued support to sustain mental wellbeing and to prevent mental health problems developing.
In response to the fires, RAMHP are assisting affected communities by:
- Attending Evacuation Centres to provided resources and link highly distressed individuals to care
- Participating in Disaster Recovery committees and activities
- Deploying a media and social media communications strategy to promote normal emotional responses to disaster and when a person should seek professional support
- Developing dedicated evidence-based bushfire resources including webpages and hardcopy factsheets for those without internet access
As the focus of the bushfires moves from the immediate impact to the recovery phase, RAMHP’s role in the NSW bushfire disaster will develop. Updates will be made to the RAMHP website and social media platforms as the situation progresses.
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