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Good news stories to come out of the bushfires

January 22, 2020

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batyr understands the power of storytelling to create positive change and to inspire – it’s kind of what we do!

Check out some of these inspiring bushfire stories we’ve found online and share them around:

When it comes to Australia’s bushfires, it’s impossible to block out all of the tragic news, and, even though we’d like to sometimes, it’s not always possible to disconnect from your newsfeed completely. The world we live in is not always a peaceful place.

However, research has shown that consuming only negative news for just 14 minutes increases the tendency of anxiety and sad moods, as well as the tendency for individuals to “catastrophise” a personal worry, even concerns that are not relevant to the content you’re consuming (The psychological impact of negative TV news bulletins: the catastrophizing of personal worries, Johnston WM, Davey GC, 1997). 

The good news is, well, good news! Positive news stories actually have a greater potential to go viral than negative stories (Attracting Views and Going Viral: How Message Features and News‐Sharing Channels Affect Health News Diffusion, Hyun Suk Kim, 2015), and this can lead to emotional synchronisation. This basically means other people are compelled to share positive stories and content as well. It’s pretty powerful stuff!

So instead of switching off completely, you can make a conscious effort to turn some of your attention to the uplifting stories of hope, resilience and generosity to come out of the ongoing crisis. 

If you want to get your hands dirty with the bushfire clean up, you can register your interest to be involved in recovery efforts coordinated by Conservation Volunteers Australia.

Are you in need of support?

For people who are currently in areas that are being impacted by bushfire activity, The Red Cross is providing on the ground mental health support. Volunteers can be located in evacuation centres and recovery hubs and can provide psychological first aid to those who are seeking support.

If you’re not located near an evacuation centre, there are a range of support services and information available for people who have been directly or indirectly affected by the bushfires:

For immediate support, please call emergency services on 000.

Australian Government bushfire disaster assistance line including mental health support: 180 22 66

Australian Red Cross Emergency Grants

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

headspace: 1800 650 890

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636

MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978

GriefLine: 1300 845 745

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Check out lifeinmind.com.au for more support services.

The Federal Government has announced a $76 million funding commitment that will provide:

  • 10 free counselling sessions;
  • up to 10 Medicare-subsidised psychology sessions;
  • funding for each of the 10 headspace centres in severely fire-affected communities, including the expansion of the Bateman’s Bay centre.

batyr welcomes this great news and we’re currently working on a government proposal to ensure fire-affected communities have access to mental health support over the long-term.