The Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) acknowledge the widespread impact of the Australian bushfire crisis and encourage those experiencing psychological distress to seek the support, resources and information available.

Those affected not only include members of the local communities, businesses and holidaymakers in affected areas, but also emergency service crews, relief workers, media and the wider Australian public.

Following from Mindframe’s media alert last week, QAMH also take the opportunity to call on the Australian media to promote support for psychological distress to communities directly affected by bushfires, emergency and relief workers and the wider Australian public during the continued media coverage.

Queensland Alliance for Mental Health CEO Jennifer Black says it is natural to feel overwhelmed and when a disaster of this magnitude is occurring on our doorstep,

“I wish to acknowledge that this distress can occur even when not directly impacted by the bushfires,” said Ms Black

“The care and concern shown by the public to date demonstrates the strength and resilience of our communities.”

For further information about resources available please click here.

NMHC Australia’s Bushfires and Mental Health Principles and Resources

Media Alert – Natural Disaster Bushfire Helpseeking and Trauma