22 December 2017
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Following a distressing or frightening event like the Flinders Street incident, it is normal to have strong physical and emotional reactions. 

If you were affected by this incident or if the media coverage is having an impact on you or someone you know, there are a range of support services and resources available.

Anyone directly impacted by this tragic event should call the Victim Support Helpline on 1800 819 817.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000

Where can people seek help?

  • Your doctor
  • Mental health specialist, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker, with experience in treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Community health centre
  • The Australian Centre for Post-Traumatic Mental Health Tel. (03) 9035 5599

General telephone counselling services can also provide advice:

  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • GriefLine 1300 845 745
  • BeyondBlue 1300 224 636

For information on post-traumatic stress visit the Better Health Channel.

For Melbourne Health staff:

  • Employee Assistance Program – call 1300 687 327 or visit Converge International
  • Melbourne Health Peer Support Program – call +61 3 9342 7000 and ask for the on-call Peer Supporter

Media Contact

For more information about this story, contact Communications on (03) 9342 7000 or email mh-communications@mh.org.au