Help provide support and relief for those in Qld and NSW.
Have you been typing on Google "flood relief 2022" and "flood donations" all week? Whether it's donating money or items, there are various ways for you to provide flood relief and donations to one of the thousands of Australians affected by the recent flooding in Queensland and New South Wales.
Many people have had their businesses, homes and belongings destroyed and as a result, have had to evacuate and seek shelter. Below is a list of ways you can help those who've been affected by floods in Queensland and New South Wales.
How to help
The charities below have set up appeals.
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW launched a flood appeal to assist people and communities impacted by the floods. Donations can be made by calling 13 18 12, at www.vinnies.org.au/NSWFloodAppeal or at any Vinnies Shop.
GIVIT is also matching flood victims with the exact essentials they need. Whether it's cleaning supplies, sunscreen or a fuel voucher, you can choose to drop-off or fund the item. The site rolls live requests (currently at 78,853) from people who have been impacted. Visit this link to learn how you can donate.
If you're in a position to donate, here are a few things that donation drives have listed as a priority.
Sydney-based clothing store For Artists Only is running a donation drive. Due to immense generosity, they have stopped taking clothing donations, but they're still taking hardware vouchers, non-perishable foods, toiletries, essential medicines and electronics. You can check their Instagram here for more updates.
Clothing store, Nagnata in Byron Bay, is asking for doonas, bedding, blankets, pillows, towels, socks, underwear and clothes, as well as any toiletries and non-perishable foods. They're asking people to drop items to their retail store, and they'll deliver to local emergency centres.
The SES and State Fire Service have been working day and night to help those in Queensland and now Northern NSW.
Volunteers for the Australian Red Cross are also working across multiple evacuation centres in Queensland and northern New South Wales. You can donate directly to their disaster relief fund here.
Seek professional help
After any traumatic event or natural disaster like a flood, feelings of anxiety or depression can develop. It's important to seek help from your GP or a mental health professional and look after your mental health following a disaster.
For free, immediate and confidential support, you can seek out one of the following agencies:
Lifeline has a team of professional counsellors who can talk to you about your mental health concerns, or those you have for a loved one. You can reach the 24/7 crisis support helpline on 13 11 14 or text or message them online here.
Beyond Blue also provides a 24/7 counselling service over the phone. You can call them at 1300 22 4636, or visit them online to direct message or email a counsellor.
Headspace also helps young Australians experiencing mental health concerns – call them on 1800 650 890 or contact them online here.
Lifeline also has a Lifeline Community Recovery team who visit communities to provide counselling and psychological first aid in the weeks and months after major weather events. More information is available here.