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Forging, protecting, and repairing community resilience informed by the 2019–2020 Australian bushfires
journal contributionposted on 06.09.2021, 23:02 by Sancia West, Denis C Visentin, Amanda Neil, Rachel Kornhaber, Valerie Ingham, Michelle L Cleary
Natural disasters are inherently traumatic. The unexpected, unpredictable, threatening, and overwhelming nature of these events can be destabilising and distressing, potentially leading to psychological trauma (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, 2014). Psychological trauma encompasses how people respond to physical and psychological events that involve actual or life-threatening situations resulting in an intense fear of helplessness (Flannery, 2015). Yet, the experience of psychological trauma is not inevitable, and indeed much can be done to ‘trauma-proof’ communities and the many emergency service personnel who respond to such events.