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Maintaining your metal health during times of crisis

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

With the current State of Emergency declared in NSW as a result of bush fires, and the very real threat to human and animal life, our land and property, it is a challenging time to maintain your mental health and well being. During times of crisis we may have feelings of grief and loss, fear, anger, anxiety or guilt, it may also bring up past traumatic experiences. There are things you can do whether you are immediately affected by the current bush fires or concerned by the news reports and televised footage of this crisis. Below are a few suggestions:

  • Find a few quiet moments to take some relaxing breaths, this is very important during times of stress to ensure optimal brain function and response.

  • Give yourself some time away from social media and news.

  • If you are not immediately affected by the bush fires, take some time out for yourself: go for a walk or a swim or an exercise class. Exercise can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

  • Spend time with a friend or fur-friend, it can help to talk about how you are feeling and have some companionship.

  • Find ways to become involved in the recovery effort by making wraps for injured animals or write to your local member of parliament to voice your concerns.

Headspace is great place for young people and carers to get information about how grief and trauma affect us in times of crisis:

https://headspace.org.au/friends-and-family/how-to-support-your-child-after-a-natural-disaster/?fbclid=IwAR1JZPMujNAkeC2_gKicZybzpOBWwbRGtPm5Q-65lcAuDYGLQPGCSKZISiw


If you need someone to talk to contact Lifeline, the Kids Helpline and Beyond Blue for immediate support:

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

https://kidshelpline.com.au/

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/national-help-lines-and-websites

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