Fire-Flood-Smoke-COVID-19 Stress Relief & Resilience Building
Many of us in Sonoma County have experienced loss, directly or indirectly, due to natural disasters such as wildfires or floods and/or or a loss of employment, companionship, health or even the sense of normalcy related to the impact of COVID-19. 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, including the following:
- NAMI Sonoma County Wellness Chat and Check-In, virtual drop-in groups offering an opportunity to connect with others and learn stress management tools that help to build resilience. These twice-weekly groups take place on Zoom, Wednesdays at 12 noon and Fridays at 4:30 pm. For more information and to register, please call our Warmline at 866-960-6264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NAMI Sonoma County Warmline, a free help desk offering mental health support, information and resource referrals. To reach the Warmline, call or text 866-960-6264, or email email@example.com.
- mysonomastrong.com, an educational website designed to help survivors of recent disasters learn about post-disaster stress, effective coping skills 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 tools to help cope with stress, heal from loss and promote self care. Download the app from your favorite app store.
- Coffey Strong: This resource, built by families who survived the 2017 wildfire that destroyed Coffey Park, provides a list of support resources in the community for people feeling stress about wildfires.
Please note: A “survivor” is broadly defined as anyone who identifies as being personally affected by Sonoma County wildfires or flooding, including but not limited to:
- anyone who lost their home, business, or loved one (including pet, neighbor, friend, or acquaintance)
- was evacuated
- was/is a first responder
- feels stress related to past wildfires, current smoke, or nearby or future wildfires.