Mental health and wellbeing is also important in disaster recovery

News reports bring us pictures of the physical impacts of disasters like floods and fires as well as stories of the immediate social and emotional effects. The emotional impact and effects to mental health are not always as obvious as the water, mud or ash, and they can be long-lasting. Resources are available to understand and work with recovery in mental health and well-being either through government disaster response resources or specialised mental health organisations:

Queensland Government
https://www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/disasters/mental-health

Black Dog Institute
https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/bush-fire-support-service/resource/strategies-for-long-term-health-and-wellbeing/

Beyond Blue
https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/natural-disasters-and-your-mental-health