Victorian Bushfires: How to Help Others & Yourself

Like many parts of Australia, Victoria is currently dealing with devastating bushfires across the state, including recent fires in East Gippsland and North East Victoria. Additionally, many Victorians are dealing with the impacts of the bushfires including poor air quality, interruption of services, and anxiety. 

How to stay safe

The government has warned that Victoria is still under threat from fires. It's important to be aware of emergency announcements and warnings through reputable sources such as:

  • VicEmergency - which allows you to sign up to receive notifications of warnings that impact your local area 
  • The ABC - tune into your local radio station or keep an eye on their website 

Any notices about library closures will appear on the YPRL homepage and Facebook.

How to help

Australians are showing extraordinary kindness, generosity and courage, donating money, time and resources to supporting the people, places and animals impacted by the bushfires. 

If you can, there are lots of ways to contribute, including financially through the Victorian Government's Victorian Bushfire Appeal. ABC has published a handy Guide to Bushfire Relief including suggestions for donating time and goods.

Craft for a Cause 

YPRL ran a number of events inviting our community to Craft for a Cause. Together we made several hundred pouches and mumma rolls for wildlife injured in the fires. Read more about Craft for a Cause at Thomastown Library


Reading in difficult times 

As a community hub of dedicated booklovers, we know that reading can sometimes be a comfort when things feel very difficult.

First introduced as a form of therapy for returned soldiers, ‘bibliotherapy’ recognises that books can be a source of solace. Find out more about how reading can help in difficult times.

These reading recommendations may help you during this challenging time: 

Need someone to talk to? 

For crisis support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

Lifeline is a 24-hour telephone service that offers confidential support and advice to help you deal with stress and personal challenges.

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