Emotional support for Mendocino and Lake County Fire Survivors
posted 12 months ago by lizaloop from LO*OP Center, Inc.
The following letter extends Sonoma County services to Mendocino and Lake Counties:
With wildfires raging through Mendocino and Lake Counties, many of those residents have fled from these regions to Sonoma County. Most of these people are staying with friends and family or in hotels, and have barely begun to think about how to restore stability and normalcy to their lives. Folks have been reaching out to us for help, so we thought we'd share this information with you, so you can pass it along to our friends from Lake and Mendocino Counties.
Over the past several months, we've gathered links and phone numbers for a number of free resources for those who need help in coping with the effects of wildfire. Please share this information with your friends, family, and neighbors — especially if they know anyone who is seeking refuge from the Mendocino or Lake fires — so that we can lend a helping hand to these survivors.
SAMHSA 24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 Specific to Fire Recovery, the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline is staffed 24/7 by trained trauma counselors. Further information and resources are available on SAMHSA's website at https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline/disaster-types/wildfires. Mysonomastrong.com: A bilingual website designed to assist all fire survivors with anxiety, anger, fear, triggering episodes, and more. Even though it says "Sonoma" in the name, anyone can use this site for help in reducing anxiety, fear, triggering, etc. 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Services: (707) 576-8181 24-hour Suicide Prevention Hotline: (855) 587-6373 Daytime Numbers:
NAMI Mental Health Support Warmline: (866) 960-6264 A bilingual support line to help people connect with trauma-informed mental health services, including group resilience-building sessions, yoga, and iRest meditation classes. CA HOPE Warmlines: Project HOPE counselors can often go out and meet survivors in person, wherever they are. Santa Rosa: (707) 608-8805 Adults age 50 or over: (707) 608-8804 North Sonoma County: (707) 608-8807 Sonoma Valley: (707) 608-8806 South Sonoma County: (707) 608-8806 West Sonoma County: (707) 608-8807 Español: (707) 608-8825 All these services and more are also available to Sonoma County residents, and we encourage you to contact NAMI at (866) 960-6264 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our hearts go out to everyone who is affected by this summer's devastating wildfires, and we'll do everything we can to support them in their time of need.
Debbie Mason, APR, Fellow PRSA Chief Executive Officer Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County
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