People affected by bushfires urged to stay connected while they recover
Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison is urging people affected by the Sampson Flat bushfires to access one the free counselling services on offer.
"Restoring people's emotional wellbeing is an important part of the recovery process," Ms Bettison said.
"After such a traumatic event, people can experience a range of emotions, particularly children.
"It's important for fire affected communities to know there are resources there to help them.
"The Red Cross, for example, is doing some great work with parents so they are equipped to deal with their children's reactions to the trauma caused by the fires."
Ms Bettison said that staying connected is important.
"I encourage all South Australians affected by the bushfires to continue checking in on each other," she said.
"It is crucial to remember that you are not alone and that there are many organisations here to help you through this time.
"Everybody deals with trauma differently and the process of healing is unique for each individual. Talking about what you experienced, sharing your feelings and reactions and eating well can all be of help."
The Sampson Flat bushfire recovery centre at Gumeracha is where people affected by the bushfire can find information, advice and support to help them recover and rebuild their lives.
A free counselling service for adults and children affected by the bushfires is available at the bushfire recovery centre on Mondays, provided by Summit Health.
Other organisations providing counselling to bushfire affected people, including outreach services, are Beyond Blue and Youth Beyondblue, SA Health mental health services,
Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network and General Practitioners within medical clinics.
Another resource, SA Health's brochure - Coping after a disaster or emergency - has information about dealing with stress and grief and where to go for extra assistance.
For more information, contact the bushfire recovery centre at 45 Albert Street, Gumeracha or call the Bushfire Recovery Hotline on 1800 302 787 or visit www.sa.gov.au/recovery