We feature the voices and stories of bushfire survivors. You’ll find tips on trauma recovery, self care, connecting with others and seeking help.
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.
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, 34, mother of 2 from Long Beach.
Butch, 49, mental health peer worker from Moss Vale. Husband and father of three.
Hayley, 30, mental health worker, mother from Wolumla.
Existing mental health issues can make recovery from natural disasters more complex. Community connections, extended community support services and good self-care can all help as you manage this difficult time.
“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.
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.
Read our factsheets and blogs on bushfire recovery. You’ll find tips on making community connections, services and support, and self care.