Free Support for Survivors
Many of us in Sonoma County have experienced loss, directly or indirectly, due to the wildfires that occurred in our communities — or during the recent West County floods. If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or exhausted as a result of these experiences, you are not alone. To help with managing these reactions and to keep moving forward towards physical and emotional recovery, free help is available, thanks to the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County:
- mysonomastrong.com, an educational self-help website designed to help survivors who have experienced a recent disaster learn about post-disaster stress and cope more effectively with the effects of disaster and the process of finding new ways to move ahead
- Sonoma Rises app, a bi-lingual resource available in English and Spanish that helps connect users with free and local mental health care services and offers tools to help cope with stress, heal from loss and promote self care. Download the app from your favorite app store.
- Wildfire Survivor Support Groups, drop-in group 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 email@example.com or start a live chat at nami.org
NAMI Sonoma County also offers two free weekly drop-in support groups for wildfire survivors. To learn more, visit the Wildfire Support Group page.
Please note: A “survivor” is broadly defined as anyone who identifies as being personally affected by October 2017 Sonoma County wildfires or 2019 flooding, 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.