Bushfire Support

Comprehensive wellness services, resources and tools

Bushfires have swept through and continue to threaten our great country Australia in 2019/2020 and have left a path of devastation behind them, especially for many impacted individuals and communities.

For many, there will be experiences of ongoing stress and trauma, along with loss and grief in the coming months and years.

While I have not been directly impacted by this national tradegy, I know I have a deep connection with trauma.

 

This fire devastation can leave us feeling powerless and helpless.

 

Gaining access to consolidated knowledge at this time is crucial, it is where many governments and services fall down, by providing fragmented (or semi-fragmented) information and resources.

 

This is where Stellarpaths can provide some value; as we have developed the most comprehensive toolkit to assist with ongoing mental health. Also, these all seamlessly link to the Wellness Plan we have developed, which personalises and sources compatible services, resources and tools; all within the interactive plan.

 

Stellarpaths offers free access to those impacted by the Australian Bushfire Crisis and hopes the toolkit will assist untangling the support and help sought over coming months and years.

 

Christopher Tucker, Stellarpaths Founder

Bush Fire Impacted - Free Sign Up

If have been impacted by the bushfires in the affected areas in Australia, gain lifetime free access to Stellarpaths including Wellness Paths.

 

Once signed up, update your your Stellarpaths Wellness Plan and Wellness Goals, we will then dynamically provide your with links to compatible services, resources + tools.

Symptoms, Feelings + Reactions To Be Watchful Of

If your day-to-day functioning is severely impacted for more than one month after an even like the bushfire crisis, it’s essential to discuss it with a GP or mental health professional. 

 

Feelings may include:

  • Feeling overwhelming fear for no obvious reason.
  • Feeling numb and detached.
  • Feelings of loss and grief.
  • Constant tearfulness.
  • Excessive guilt.
  • A sense that your emotional and/or physical reactions are not normal.
  • Thoughts of self-harm or of ending your life.
  • Loss of hope or interest in the future.

 

Reactions may include:

  • Panic attack symptoms: increased heart rate, breathlessness or, shakiness.
  • Agitation.
  • Hypervigilance or frequently being easily startled, e.g. jumping when hearing a loud sound, and then taking a long time to calm down.
  • Inability to focus.
  • Inability to plan ahead.
  • Intrusive memories or bad dreams related to the bushfires.
  • Sleep disturbances.
  • Constantly questioning yourself.
  • ‘Replaying’ the event to be prepared should it happen again.
  • Avoiding things that bring back memories of what happened.

What Works Better To Keep Mentally Supported

Close friends and family, social networks and community groups are essential influences for resilience and recovery.

 

Being part of a community group is a key factor in establishing and maintaining healthy and resilient communities.

 

Deep attachment to the natural environment is also associated with increased mental health, life satisfaction, resilience, community attachment & posttraumatic growth.

 

Points to note:

  • Having close, supportive and trusted people assists in better mental health and personal wellbeing.

 

  • There is a risk of depression being higher for those connected to other depressed people.

 

  • If your social networks are fractured there is a higher risk of PTSD.

 

  • Involvement in local community groups and organisations enables positive outcomes in terms of mental health and wellbeing.

Listen To Those You Trust

It is also important to understand that a friend, loved one or work colleague may see these reactions in you, often when you do not.

 

They may see you are detached, unfocused, anxious, or tearful without provocation.

 

Listen to the opinions of those you trust. It is a sign of respect to friends and family to act on their advice and discuss these issues with a GP or mental health professional.