We’ll be making sure these communities have long-term access to support as they recover. Research following similar natural disasters, including the Black Saturday bushfires, found that for children, as well as for adults, stresses can often build up over time, and many issues might not present immediately, but happen months later.
For example, if people have lost their income, they might have resources to be able to cover themselves for a few months, or even 12 months. But as their resources start to run out, stressors in the family unit start to become apparent. Then kids become worried about their parents, friends and community, which impacts their mental health.
Often, it’s after a few months that school teachers might start to see a child’s behaviour change, for example, a kid who is normally well behaved might start acting up.
“...kids are worried about their parents,
friends and community,
which impacts their mental health.”