Mental health and wellbeing after the floods
It is normal to experience a range of physical, mental, emotional and behavioural reactions following an emergency or distressing event, including natural disasters.
If you, or someone you know, needs extra support during this time, you can speak with your local doctor, a mental health professional, a counsellor or a psychologist.
It can also be helpful to talk to someone independent, but still understanding. The following services are here for you or others you know.
You can also visit these websites for information and resources:
Victorian Flood Recovery Hotline
The Victorian Flood Recovery Hotline is a single state-wide number, 1800 560 760, that people affected by the 2022 floods can call for help or assistance with:
- a range of clean-up services
- finding somewhere to stay
- financial, mental health and other support.
The recovery hotline is open from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm every day.
A 24-hour telephone service that offers confidential support and advice to help you deal with stress and personal challenges.
Vist Lifeline or call Lifeline Crisis Support Line on 13 11 14.
The Australian Red Cross supports and visits people in communities where disaster has occurred to check on their wellbeing and make referrals to other agencies. They have also developed a range of resources for natural disasters and emergencies including looking after yourself and others, tips for returning to your property and help to manage long-term stress and wellbeing.
Visit Australian Red Cross: Emergencies or call 1800 733 276.
The Salvation Army provides services for people during disaster and community recovery.
Victorian Council of Churches Emergency Ministry specialises in disaster response. Providing psychosocial support including:
- psychological first aid
- emotional and spiritual care
- personal support in relief and recovery centres and through community outreach
- direct visits
- community meetings
An information line that offers expert information on depression; how to recognise the signs of depression, how to get help, how to help someone else and how to stay well. Includes support information, resources and support for looking after your mental health after natural disasters. Beyond Blue also offers a free 24/7 telephone and online counselling service.
Visit Beyond Blue: Natural disasters and your mental health or call 1300 224 636.
A telephone support, information and referral service, helping men deal with their relationship problems.
Visit Mensline or call 1300 789 978.
A 24-hour telephone service that allows people to discuss any health-related issue with a registered nurse for the cost of a local call.
Visit Heath Direct: Nurse on Call or ring 1300 60 60 24.
Qualified counsellors available 8 am to midnight, 7 days a week, including public holidays. A telephone service for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old, which offers confidential and anonymous counselling and support on parenting issues.
A 24-hour telephone service that provides phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
Visit Kids Helpline or call 1800 551 800.
Access thousands of psychologists who are in private practice. Seek qualified and trusted psychologists for assistance in a range of areas.
Visit Australian Psychological Society referral service or call 1800 333 497.
Safe Steps provides confidential support for women and children living with family violence. 24/7 telephone crisis line.
Visit Safe Steps or call 1800 015 188.
Mosquito's during a flood
Warm and wet weather can mean more mosquito biting and breeding, including the ones that can carry diseases that make you sick.
Your only protection against mosquitoes and the diseases they can carry is to avoid mozzie bites.
Visit Better Health Channel: Protect yourself from Mosquito-borne disease for more information.
Disaster Legal Help
For free legal advice, assistance and referrals for people affected by a disaster including help with tenancy, insurance or property damage, parenting arrangement or bail. Phone service, weekdays 8 am to 6 pm.
This page was last updated on 8 November 2022.