Helping your young person during bushfire season


No two people will experience or respond to a natural disaster, like a bushfire, in the same way. The types of support a young person will need are different before, during, and after the bushfire season.

Family and friends play a vital role in supporting young people with their mental health.

During the bushfire season  

Anticipating your own and your young person’s emotional reactions during the bushfire season can be helpful for your wellbeing.

After a bushfire

Learn about common reactions your young person might have, and learn helpful tips for the days, weeks and months following exposure to a bushfire or any other natural disaster.

Self-care for family & friends

It’s important to also look after yourself. Having good mental health and wellbeing helps you cope with life’s changes and better support those around you.

Understanding trauma

Learn about trauma, its possible impacts, and how you can support following a traumatic experience.

Information for young people

It's common to need support after being in or witnessing a natural disaster. Find information and resources for young people who may be coping with the stress of bushfires.

Hear the stories of people who experienced bushfires

Additional resources 

Resources for schools and health professionals