Supporting children through disasters

Natural disasters, such as the bushfires currently affecting large parts of NSW, can have major emotional impacts on everyone who is affected either directly or indirectly.

Children and teenagers are particularly vulnerable and may need support from their families and others assisting in the recovery process.

The resources below can be used to help you recognise what reactions can be expected from those affected by the fires, and the signs that indicate when you need to seek professional help.

If you do feel you need help for your child or yourself and your family, please talk to the local disaster workers in your area, your General Practitioner/Family Doctor, or if you feel it’s an emergency, go to your local hospital Emergency Department. 

It’s important to remember that most people, including children and teenagers, are resilient and will recover with the help and support of those closest to them.

Information sheets for parents

These are provided in partnership with The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (USA) and the Trauma and Grief Network (Australia).

Information for health care providers

Australian mental health support

Other information

Michael Bowden
Department Head, Senior Staff Specialist Psychiatrist, The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network