LOCALS who were affected by Black Tuesday and other local fires are being encouraged to seek counselling if the New South Wales fires refresh or worsen anxiety or post-traumatic stress issues.

Yarredi Services executive officer Sharyn Potts said she had received information on resources for counsellors and teachers that could help those dealing with post-traumatic stress and other issues following local fires.

She encouraged counsellors to get in touch and urged anyone suffering depression or anxiety to seek counselling or information.

“There are people here who have been affected by fires in the past for whom it all comes rushing back when they see the footage on television,” she said.

“It’s important that people know it’s normal to feel anxiety and other similar reactions when they have been through a similar trauma, and it’s okay to get help.”

Ms Potts said leaving post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety untreated could worsen the situation, and there were many who had not sought help since the Black Tuesday fire.

Counsellors and others providing support can find out about the resources available at http://www.earlytraumagrief.anu.edu.au/bushfire-resources

If you feel you need someone to talk to, contact your GP, school counsellor or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Locals who were affected by Black Tuesday fires are encouraged to seek counselling if the New South Wales fires bring up post-traumatic stress issues.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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