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How to support children through a bushfire crisis

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Your donation will help us do more in local communities by providing crisis and long-term support to individuals and families affected by the bushfires.

Whether you’re directly impacted by Australia’s current bushfire crisis or concerned by the media coverage, we understand bushfires can be a scary and traumatic experience for children.

Children will react differently to a natural disaster depending on their age. Some will experience nightmares, withdrawal, loss or increase in appetite and even aggressive behaviour.

You can play a vital role in helping your children experience healing from trauma and moving forward with their lives.

What can I do to help?

  • Let your children know your own feelings and reassure them it’s normal to feel upset.
  • Encourage children to express their feelings, listen and don’t pass judgement.
  • Be patient. Reassure your child they are not responsible for what has happened.
  • Don’t criticise your child if showing regressive behaviour.
  • Include your child in making plans for the future.
  • Keep your regular routines where possible.

Where should I go for help?

Need further support?

The following resources are educative tools you can use to support your child through a crisis:

This article is based off information developed by Lifeline.

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