Community Trauma Toolkit

Community Trauma Toolkit

A toolkit produced by Emerging Minds, it contains resources to help and support adults and children before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event. It will help you understand some of the impacts of disaster and how you can help lessen these impacts.

Emergencies and disasters are extremely stressful and it is normal to feel overwhelmed. Children, even infants, can also be affected. They depend on the adults around them for safety and security, and will need reassurance, care, and opportunities to share their feelings. These resources provide a starting point for you to help children navigate the different stages of a disaster.

Flowers from the Ashes

Flowers from the Ashes

Flowers from the Ashes is a beautiful video story by April Harrison produced by Emerging Minds and Artist Made Productions.

April reflects on her experience as a young child in the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires of Victoria. She presents her journey of recovery and the potential of finding strength, connection and a sense of hope for the future.

Recovery Capitals – ReCap

Recovery Capitals – ReCap

Recovery Capitals (ReCap) is a guide for people, organisations and governments managing emergency recovery. It was produced from research undertaken by the University of Melbourne and Massey University in New Zealand, with the support of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre. Australian Red Cross was the lead partner organisation.

The guide aims to support wellbeing after disasters by providing evidence-based guidance to aid decision making. It identifies seven areas of recovery – natural, social, financial, cultural, political, built and human – and emphasises the interconnectedness between them. It is targeted and practical, and can be applied to any type of emergency, large or small.

The guide has been created through an Australia-Aotearoa New Zealand collaboration, and there will be an edition tailored to each country, although both will have broader relevance to other locations. This edition is designed for use in Australia.

It is the first of a series of resources that will be in different formats to suit different needs.

You can enter your email here if you would like to:

  • receive updates about the ReCap project (including the release of further resources), or
  • be invited to provide feedback on the guide via a short survey
Creativity in Recovery

Creativity in Recovery

This heartwarming grassroots documentary highlights the powerful effect of how creativity & community spirit can be harnessed to achieve healing, transformation & recovery from trauma, natural disaster & all things that knock us sideways.
Girringun Portraits

Girringun Portraits

Girringun Portraits

Girringun Portraits – Resilience after Yasi is a film documentary highlighting the understanding of community resilience and preparedness and reconciliation from the perspective of the nine indigenous tribes of the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, in the Cassowary Coast region in Far North Queensland. Fiona Croft mentored emerging indigenous artist, Debra Murray to develop a photographic/story exhibition and this documentary film.

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