Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative: Support for Fire Survivors
Many of us in Sonoma County have experienced loss, directly or indirectly, due to the wildfires that occurred in our communities in October 2017. If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or exhausted as a result, you’re not alone.
While fires continue burning in Northern California, Sonoma County continues recovering from our own wildfires. Seeing a plume of smoke in the sky can bring on automatic and upsetting reactions. Triggers are reminders of painful events, and we can’t always predict where they will come from.
Many people express a desire to “go back to normal” after a crisis, such as the 2017 wildfires. How do we manage these strong reactions? How do we keep moving forward towards physical and emotional recovery?
Fortunately, free help is available. The Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative is a community-wide initiative committed to mental health recovery care for all Sonoma County residents. No, you don’t have to have lost a home to qualify! Sonoma County residents who wish to build resiliency and coping skills have access to free individual and group counseling sessions, as well as free yoga and iRest Meditation classes. For more information (available in English or Spanish), contact NAMI Sonoma County. You may also access free, helpful information online by visiting mysonomastrong.com.
To contact the NAMI Sonoma County Warmline:
Call or text: 866.960.6264
Live chat: visit namisonomacounty.org, then click on Warmline: Chat Now in the upper-right corner
Unsure if you, or someone you love, may need support?
Check out mysonomastrong.com for helpful information in the privacy of your home.
Take care of yourself; you and your family are worth it!
Learn more about the Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative in this short video. Please note that it contains some opening video images of fire scenes that may be disturbing to some: