Crisis support and suicide prevention service Lifeline is showing its dedication to the bushfire recovery by launching its own dedicated support line – 13 43 57.
People affected by the Australian bushfires can now call Lifeline’s dedicated recovery phone line, which operates Australia-wide, 24 hours a day/seven days a week.
Calls to Lifeline increased 15% from late last year when the bushfire crisis escalated, prompting the mental health charity to provide an option for those specifically affected.
Lifeline Chairman John Brogden said this increase indicates the community’s need for a tailored response.
“All the fires are out or pretty much contained, but what’s even bigger is the recovery and that’s going to take years and years, and people’s mental health is already under stress and in many cases, is yet to get under the distress that will come when they begin to realise just how long it’s taking to get their life back together,” John Brogden told Jonesy & Amanda.
He added, “It’s just not possible to replace 2,000 houses in six months, 12 months, 18 months.
“It’s not possible for those businesses to recover, it’s not possible for those farms to restock, it’s going to take a long time, and some people probably feel that they are okay at the moment but they’ll wake up and realise that things aren’t going the way they like and the distress will take a long time.
“This is a warlike situation when we really look at it – houses being burnt to the ground… and the likes of which we’ve ever seen in Australia, certainly not in our lifetime.”