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Bushfire Support

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is continuing work to support communities affected by bushfires in our region. It is understandable with recent local and world events, that people may be feeling more isolated and worried than usual. You do not have to experience this alone, support is available.

This page provides information about services that you can access if you, or someone you know, wants to talk or requires other support.

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Counselling is available

Our PHN has funded four (4) providers to to deliver counselling sessions to all individuals and families, including emergency workers with no out of pocket expense for those affected by bushfires.

  • Up to 10 therapy sessions can be accessed.
  • No Mental Heath Treatment Plan or GP referral required.
  • You can access the sessions via telehealth if they live in a rural or remote area or if you are not able to access services face to face.

The sessions can support you with coping strategies, advice on distress interventions, social supports, counselling and family based psychological interventions.

Services We Fund

Counselling support can be delivered either face to face or via telehealth (phone or video consultation). Individuals can ring the providers directly to talk about making an appointment.

  • Mind Australia (All communities in the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN region)
    Phone:
    1300 286 463
  • Mindware Psychology (Toowoomba, Millmerran and Crows Nest)
    Phone:
    07 4646 4953 or 0426 294 015
  • Searle Psychology and Mediation (Stanthorpe)
    Phone:
    07 4632 6443
  • Therapy Pro (Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Scenic Rim)
    Phone:
    1300 004 414

If you would like to know more about mental health supports in bushfire affected areas, please contact our Bushfire Recovery Coordinator Trevor Stephens via email bushfirerecovery@ddwmphn.com.au

Immediate support

If you, a family member or friend requires immediate support, please contact:

13 HELP (13 43 57)

1300 22 4636

1800 551 800

1300 659 467

If it is an emergency, please call 000 or go to your nearest hospital's emergency department.

Community Event Grants

To further support communities impacted by bushfires in the region, Community Event Grants are available. To learn more about Community Events in your area, or if you are interested in hosting a Community Event, please contact our Bushfire Recovery Coordinator Trevor Stephens via email bushfirerecovery@ddwmphn.com.au

Looking for a service?

Local Health Service Navigators can help you find and navigate you to services that are available in your town or city. This may include mental health and wellbeing services, and other community and social services that may support you.

To access your local Health Service Navigator, call 1300 012 710.


Online and phone support

One way to start the conversation about mental health and wellbeing is through the internet or via the phone.

We have highlighted a few of the available online supports below. A more comprehensive list can be found on the Life in Mind webpage Mental health support for bushfire affected communities.

R U OK? has a space for meaningful connection to support anyone struggling with bushfires, wellbeing and day to day life www.ruok.org.au

The Black Dog Institute focuses on empowering everyone to live the most mentally healthy life possible and also has information on suicide prevention www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

Head to Health provides more information, resources, and services about mental health www.headtohealth.gov.au

ReachOut is an online mental health organisation for young people and is also available for parents www.reachout.com

Headspace has information for young people affected by national disasters click here

Beyond Blue has guidance around self-care after a natural disaster click here

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