Beyond the Bushfires: Community support and resources

February 2019 marked the 10th yr Anniversary for the ‘2009 Black Saturday Bushfires’ in Victoria. In response to this, the Victorian Government provided additional funding to increase mental health and health support  for bushfire-affected communities and first responders. APMHA HealthCare is one of a number of organisations that was funded to deliver and provide this support to affected communities. While most of this funding has ceased, please contact if you need advice around psychological support, available pathways through your GP or other online and hardcopy resources.

Common reactions to an anniversary


Natural disasters (such as bushfires, floods, storms and drought) are extremely challenging for people who are directly (or indirectly) affected. These challenges and associated symptoms can re-emerge during anniversaries, like an annual echo, catching even the most well-prepared people off-guard. It is important to remember that while anniversary reactions can be emotionally taxing and truly distressing, it can also provide an opportunity for ongoing emotional healing. Recognising, acknowledging and paying attention to the feelings and issues that surface during this period, can help a person develop strategies to reduce the emotional impact being experienced.

Don’t forget that help is always available, and if you are unsure where to start, give us a call on 1300 514 811.

Looking to support your family?


We have published books, support cards and an interactive booklet for you to complete in both electronic and hard copy versions. If you would like a package sent to your community group or hub, please contact us through the button on this page!

Surviving Traumatic Grief Vol. 1

Please note: This book is also available in hard copy format

Surviving Traumatic Grief Vol. 2

Please note: This book is also available in hard copy format

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