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Red Cross on the scene of the Bourke Street tragedy


People gathering at Bourke Street to remember the tragic events of Friday are being supported by Red Cross workers and volunteers.

Monday January 23, 2017

Trained Red Cross staff and volunteers are at the scene of the critical incident at Bourke Street Mall, offering psychological first aid to people affected by the tragedy.

Close to 70 volunteers were activated over the weekend at the memorial site.

A vigil will take place at Federation Square today at 5.30pm, with large crowds expected. Red Cross will increase our presence at both the memorial site and Federation Square.

Red Cross has also opened Register.Find.Reunite to help members of the public get in contact with friends and family who may have been caught up in the incident.

Register.Find.Reunite remains open online for people who are concerned about the wellbeing of loved ones.

Many people were at the scene of the incident and the nation has watched media reports.

It is important to recognise that it is normal to be upset and feel distressed by an event like this.

Advice for recovery

Recovery after critical incidents like this can take time. Talk to your family and friends about your feelings. If you find you're struggling, you can also contact Lifeline on 1800 543 354.

After a crisis event, it's natural to want to access as much information as possible. However, it's a delicate balance to make sure you're getting the information that you need without over exposing yourself to harmful effects of repeatedly seeing or hearing stressful information about disasters. For many people, too much media exposure after a disaster can increase feelings of distress.

Red Cross has information on our website to support people to look after themselves during crisis events. This includes important tips about talking to children and young people: redcross.org.au/recover and redcross.org.au/self-care.

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