Wildfire Fire Survivors: Free Help
Many of us in Sonoma County experienced loss, directly or indirectly, due to the wildfires that occurred in our communities. If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or exhausted as a result of the wildfires or due to news or smoke related to the more recent wildfires elsewhere in California, you are not alone. To help with managing these reactions and to keep moving forward towards physical and emotional recovery, free help is available to Sonoma County wildfire survivors:
Check out the following resources, sponsored by the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County:
- mysonomastrong.com, a self-help service designed to help with coping more effectively with the effects of disaster and the process of finding new ways to move ahead
- Wildfire Survivor Support Groups, drop-in sessions held at a variety of times and places in Sonoma County; we recommend calling ahead
- Trauma-Informed Yoga Classes, a vitally helpful resource to help with building coping skills and responding healthfully to physiological or psychological stress
- NAMI Sonoma County Warmline, a free help desk offering support, information and resource referrals, Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm. To reach the Warmline, call or text 866-960-6264, email firstname.lastname@example.org or start a live chat at nami.org
Please note: A “wildfire survivor” is broadly defined as anyone who identifies as being personally affected by October 2017 Sonoma County wildfires, including but not limited to anyone who lost their home, business, or loved one (including pet, neighbor, friend, or acquaintance), was evacuated, is a first responder, or feels stress related to past wildfires, current smoke, or nearby or future wildfires.