Local Health Services
Bushfire Psychological Therapy Services: Do you find yourself avoiding things or activities that remind you of the bushfires? Do you feel restless, irritable or tense and you're not sure why? Are you having trouble falling or staying asleep? If you were affected by the 2019/20 bushfires, you might benefit from talking to someone who can help. Up to 10 free sessions with a professional are available. Contact your GP for more information on how to access this service.
Family Gateway Services Well Being Outreach Program: The Wellbeing Outreach Program sits alongside Gateway's 'Step by Step Recovery Support Service' to provide a comprehensive range of free practical, emotional and psychological outreach support for residents in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Lithgow areas.
A referral is not needed and there are no labels or drawn-out waiting periods. Throughout COVID-19 restrictions, Wellbeing Workers are primarily available online or via phone. Sessions can be as informal as a chat and a cup of tea over zoom while receiving some support to understand the best ways to care for ourselves as we deal with the ongoing effects of cumulative disasters.
To book in, please call or email your local Well Being Worker:
Megan Watson on 0490 676 269
Nicole Luhrs on 0490 670 682
Alan Henderson on 0490 824 690
headspace Bushfire Recovery Service: The headspace Bushfire Recovery Service provides coordinated and early intervention services to young people in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury areas who are aged 12 to 25 and have been affected by the 19/20 'Black Summer' bushfires.
The service is an outreach service, servicing the entire Blue Mountains from Lapstone to Mt Irvine (including Lithgow) from headspace Katoomba, as well as the entire Hawkesbury area from headspace Penrith.
Mental Health Help website: an online directory of local mental health services and supports.
Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP): Coordinators link people to local mental health services and resources, educate workplaces and communities about mental health and wellbeing and respond in times of natural disasters and severe adversity.
Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW Bushfire Recovery Financial Counsellors: The NSW Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) is a free and confidential service that provides information and assistance on financial position, budgets and submitting applications. Contact Dev Tahal on 0417 241 338.
SOS: for people 14 years or older at low to moderate risk of suicide or self-harm. Provides unlimited free sessions with a psychologist for up to 2 months. Please talk to your GP for a referral.
Step by Step: Step by Step Recovery Support Service is a personalised service assisting those affected by disasters. The service is available across the Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Blue Mountains areas and can provide assistance with information, decision-making and recovery resources.
Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre Bushfire Recovery: A range of relief and recovery assistance is available, providing a non-judgemental and confidential service that maintains the dignity of the individual. Contact: 02 4754 4050