mental health during & after a natural disaster

It's common to need support when experiencing a natural disaster, like a flood or a bushfire. Find information and services for young people, their family or community organisations.

After the Floods

Watch the stories of the young people and families who experienced the 2022 Australian floods, plus find resources and support.


Hear the stories and messages of hope by young people and family who experienced Australian bushfires, and find resources for support before, during and after bushfire season.
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Resources for young people 

The stress from natural disasters can be tough. It’s important to take time to check in and do things to look after yourself. If you’re looking after yourself then you’ll be in a better place to be able to support your family and community as well. Learn more about how to better cope with stress from natural disasters.


Group chat transcripts

Chat to a mental health professional

  • Connect with eheadspace to speak 1-on-1 with a mental health professional for free on webchat, phone or email. Open 9am – 1am AEST 7 days a week. 
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Resources for family supporting young people

Natural disasters may cause some young people to feel stressed, anxious or concerned. Checking in with your young person is an important way family can help young people feel safe during these times. Listen to your young person’s concerns and where you can, help them to feel prepared and calm. 


Group chat transcripts

Chat to a mental health professional

  • Connect with eheadspace to talk about what's going on with your young person. Talk online or over the phone to a trained clinician for 1-on-1 support. Open 9am – 1am AEST 7 days a week. It’s a confidential, free and a safe space.

Resources for educators and community organisations 

Following a natural disaster, or in the lead up to bushfire season, you might notice changes in the young people in your community. If you're worried about them, speak to someone - like headspace. 

Articles and fact sheets

Programs and workshops

  • What's next: Life after a natural disaster workshop for schools
  • Be You programs. Be You is the national mental health and wellbeing initiative for learning communities; delivered by Beyond Blue, in collaboration with Early Childhood Australia and headspace