Natural disasters such as bushfires are typically unexpected, sudden and overwhelming. Now a new crisis has presented itself, with the Coronavirus Covid 19 causing significant emotional disruption across the globe.
For the Australian community, the reach of these crises has been far and wide, with many communities grappling with how to respond and how to cope.
Significant loss has been felt – loss of lives, loss of livelihoods and loss of wildlife. Those not directly impacted have experienced grief for others and concern for the damage caused. Now a new and lesser understood threat looms and understandably, many are anxious and dealing with new emotions.
For many people, there are no outward signs of injury, but there can be an emotional toll. It is common for people who have experienced disaster to have strong emotional responses. Understanding normal responses to distressing events, and how to best to manage these responses, can help you cope effectively with your feelings, thoughts and behaviours, and help you along the path to recovery.
To support the community, PeopleSense by Altius will be hosting a free webinar for our partners to offer essential information to support your own and other’s recovery following a natural disaster or crisis.