How to get help during bushfire season
The bushfires engulfing much of eastern and southern Australia are distressing for all of us and it is important to look after both your physical and mental health at this time.
Journalists covering the rolling disaster particularly need to look after themselves, be aware of signs of personal trauma, and take care of their mental health.
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is the world’s leading knowledge base dedicated to reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.
It has a range of resources on its website to help journalists cope with the impact of trauma coverage. In recent days, it has published an updated article specifically about reporting on Australia’s bushfires.
If in some other way you are feeling anxious, distressed or upset at what you have seen or experienced, go to the wellness portal on our website for help, resources and advice. There you will find a wellness kit, and a database of health professionals who have a special interest or affiliation with the arts and artists.
And if you have suffered financial loss, you may be eligible for assistance from an actor or journalist benevolent fund in your state. Details are available here.
Don’t forget you can also use services like Beyond Blue, whose 24-hour support line is 1300 224 636 and Lifeline on 13 11 14.