Delivering mental health support and services to bushfire-affected communities is one of our key priorities.
At the beginning of March, we connected with more than 70 representatives in the mental health sector at the inaugural mental health forum hosted by Mental Health Australia.
The forum was an opportunity for us to raise awareness of our role and highlight the work we are progressing to ensure mental health is prioritised in communities throughout the bushfire recovery process.
Throughout the forum, we listened to concerns and discovered where opportunities exist for further action so that mental health delivery is coordinated and based on needs at a local level.
NBRA representative and mental health liaison officer, Telitha Schroedl, presented to the forum. She said the NBRA would support Australians recovering from the bushfires every step of the way.
“We need to listen and learn because how we support the mental health of individuals and of communities is critical for disaster recovery going forward,” she said.
“The solution isn’t as simple as dollars. Mental health and wellbeing require a whole-of-community approach.”
You can visit Mental Health Australia to find out more about the commitment to achieve better mental health for all Australians.