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Life After Bushfires

We feature the voices and stories of bushfire survivors. You’ll find tips on trauma recovery, self care, connecting with others and seeking help.

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Repair, rebuild, recover

Life After Bushfires provides the tools and support you need to begin rebuilding, connecting and caring for yourself after the traumatic events of recent bushfires.

In their words

Bushfire survivors from the NSW South Coast share their stories of the bushfire’s impact on their mental health. Check out the videos below


Talk anonymously to our trained counsellors for free, via phone or online support

Bushfire Forums

24-7 connection with peers who understand what you’re going through, via online, moderated anonymous forums

Information and guidance

Information, guidance and suggestions for trauma recovery, services and support

In their words

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Bushfire survivors from the NSW South Coast share their stories of the bushfire’s impact on their mental health. In these videos, they open up about living with complex mental health issues and bushfire recovery.

Grace's Story

Grace, 34, mother of 2 from Long Beach.

Butch's Story

Butch, 49, mental health peer worker from Moss Vale. Husband and father of three.

Hayley's Story

Hayley, 30, mental health worker, mother from Wolumla.

Featured Factsheets

Bushfire Forums

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“This is my first experience of a forum and it’s great. You are all so fabulous. I’m feeling that I’m very fortunate to be able to “talk” to you all. Thank you.”

SANE's Bushfire Forums are a safe place to share your experience of bushfires with other bushfire survivors. You can read stories, reply to discussions or start your own.

Latest Discussions


Talk to a trained counsellor

Reach out to our trained counsellors for free, anonymous phone or online support. Our team is there to listen and provide support, information and referrals.

Information and guidance

Read our factsheets and blogs on bushfire recovery. You’ll find tips on making community connections, services and support, and self care.

Featured Blog Posts

Life After Bushfires resources

Recovery Connect
Phoenix Australia
Blue Knot Foundation
Beyond Blue