Black Dog Institute launches Bush Fire Support Service for first responders

Bushfire first responders, including those from the Hawkesbury, and their families are invited to make use of up to 12 free one-on-one psychological mental health care sessions with experts, via Telehealth.

The Bush Fire Support Service offered by the Black Dog Institute is available to all first responders who helped in the bushfires including firefighters, SES, ambulance, forestry, animal rescue, lifeguards and other emergency services workers and their adult family members.

Messages of thanks: A sign on the side of Bells Line of Road, Bilpin, after bushfires swept through the area during 'black summer'. Picture: Geoff Jones

Messages of thanks: A sign on the side of Bells Line of Road, Bilpin, after bushfires swept through the area during 'black summer'. Picture: Geoff Jones

It will also offer people a variety of ways of accessing the service, including a confidential online mental health assessment through a website designed to link people with the most appropriate support.

Anyone wanting to know more or start the process of getting support can visit www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/bush-fire-support-service

The Grant Program for Emergency Services Workers trauma Care, including PTSD support services, is funded by the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs.

The service will allow access to PTSD, anxiety, and stress clinics at Black Dog Institute and UNSW Sydney.

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