The 10 Year Anniversary of the Victorian Bushfires
February 2019 marked the 10 year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires and corresponding heatwave - one of the most significant natural disasters Victoria has experienced.
There were 173 people who lost their lives, and many more who were injured or had their homes destroyed.
The fires were particularly devastating in our community. Our community has shown remarkable resilience to rally together, recover and rebuild.
A number of community events were held to commemorate the anniversary and to encourage communities to come together, and there were also a number of initiatives to support health and wellbeing and to encourage people to seek support if they need it.
Support beyond the bushfires
Often an anniversary can trigger uncomfortable symptoms, including difficulty sleeping, excessive worry, moodiness, nervousness, poor concentration and fear. This is normal, and often people find they would like some additional support to get them through.
If you need help immediately, call Lifeline 24/7 on 131 114.
Community members needing assistance are encouraged to speak with their local doctor or health service. A health professional is a good person to talk to about your wellbeing.
Alternatively, they can call the Australian Primary Mental Health Alliance (APMHA) on 1300 514 811 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri). APMHA provides confidential support and may refer you to a local health service or offer you direct support via phone, Skype or in a face-to-face meeting.