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The incident itself, as well as the fear of one happening, can cause considerable distress and intrude into daily life.
If you feel unable to cope following a tragic event or community violence, a psychologist may be able to help. A psychologist is trained to help people better understand and manage their responses to an incident by developing effective coping strategies and techniques.
Psychologists usually see clients individually, but can also include family members to support treatment where appropriate. Psychologists sometimes offer group therapy, involving a small number of people with similar issues.
If you are referred to a psychologist by your GP, you might be eligible for a Medicare rebate. Ask your psychologist or GP for details.
There are number of ways to access a psychologist. You can:
Information sheet to help individuals to cope with distressing feelings following community violence, and find ways to respond constructively to these events
Information sheet with helpful tips for parents, caregivers and teachers for helping children and young people to cope following tragedies
Information sheet with helpful resources for parents, caregivers and teachers for assisting children and young people to cope following community violence such as public shootings, hate crimes etc
Information sheet about how people concerned about violence at all levels of society can communicate with others to find solutions to family violence, terrorism, war
Ten ways to promote peace and community belonging which include developing your understanding of the frames of mind that promote conflict and violence against another group,and recognising that social inequalities are unjust and fuel misery.
This information sheet provides a series of tips for how to respond constructively to disaster, tragedy or injustice. Tips include challenging stereotypes and talking about how to treat others
Certain crimes, such as violent crimes, crimes by young people and those with a mental illness, are over-reported on TV, in print and online. This information sheet describes what parents, educators, journalists and the public can do.