Updated 7/23/18. Almost 10 months after the fire, fire survivors may be entering one of the more difficult phases following a trauma, with an assortment of emotional and physical symptoms. Real emotional recovery may take a year or more to begin.
Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative
Free resources for fire survivors. Call 866-960-6264.
- Free yoga and iRest meditation classes
- Free individual counseling
- Free self-guided resilience training
- Free group information and resiliency building sessions conducted by SPR trained mental health professionals
- mysonomastrong.com: A bilingual wildfire mental health recovery website
CA HOPE Resiliency Women’s Group
Are you a woman in her 30s or 40s who lost a home in the Sonoma County October Fires? Please join this FREE and confidential monthly women’s resiliency group. This group was created at the request of several fire survivors looking for a safe place to share their experience of loss while creating a hopeful and resilient future. Participants will receive information. resources. connections and skills to foster hope and build resiliency for the fire recovery process. This resiliency group is facilitated by local California HOPE Counselors.
Who – Women age 30-49 who lost a home in the October Fires in Sonoma County
What – FREE and confidential resiliency group
When – 5 – 6pm the last Monday of each month
ROC Resource Center
141 Stony Circle. Suite 204, Santa Rosa. CA 95401
RSVP – (707) 608-8805 – email@example.com
California HOPE – Free, Confidential Counseling.
For people having difficulty coping, Sonoma County Behavioral Health Division is working with a program called California HOPE » to provide counselors:
- Free one-on-one counseling at a person’s home or other setting
- Free, short, informative presentations on trauma and coping techniques useful for fire survivors as well as for their friends, loved ones, and coworkers.
- The private sessions or group presentations can be arranged to be held at a convenient time and place for participants.
- Presentations can be tailored to include information and help for children and teens and can include additional counselors to provide help at the time of the presentation.
- I reluctantly attended a group presentation, and I found it useful and not overly long.
- Sonoma County Behavioral Health Division can provide more accurate scheduling and availability information (see below).
Quick Calming Tip — When feeling overwhelmed and anxious, rather than deep breathing, instead:
Inhale for a count of 3; exhale for a count of 6.
Repeat 3-4 times. This helps your body calm a little.
California HOPE Contact Info
Project Manager 707.565.4868
Adults age 50 or better 707.608.8804
Santa Rosa 707.608.8805
North County 707.608.8807
Sonoma Valley 707.608.8806
South County 707.608.8806
West County 707.608.8807
Additional Free Therapy
Individual Therapy: 3 – 5 Sessions FREE
Provided by Redwood Chapter of CAMFT http://RECAMFT.org
Individual Therapy: Fire Fund FREE Sessions
Provided by Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic ~ Intake Line: 707-579-0465 x227
Individual Therapy: Fire Recovery Focus – FREE sessions
Provided by Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative ~ Call NAMI: (866) 960-6264
Community Support Groups for Fire Survivors – FREE (led by Licensed MFTs)
Provided by Redwood Chapter of CAMFT
Location: Catholic Charities, at 987 Airway Court in Santa Rosa ~ Saturdays, 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Sonoma County Behavioral Health
Access: (707) 565-6900
CSU: (707) 576-8181
Wendy Wheelwright, MFT
Sonoma County Behavioral Health Division
MySonomaStrong.com FREE Online Post-Fire Emotional Support »
MySonomaStrong.com is a self-help service designed to help survivors learn more about post-disaster stress and cope more effectively with the effects of the disaster. Trauma challenges our capacity to cope. It forces us to re-evaluate our beliefs and find new ways to move ahead in our lives. This site is designed to help you with this process. It is not intended to replace professional counseling. If you use this service and find that you are not improving, please use the local resources page and seek help from a professional counselor. (info from mysonomastrong.com)
Disaster Distress Helpline
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline » provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) offers many other services » . SAMHSA is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. (Info from SAMHSA)
THINGS CHANGE ALL THE TIME. Please always check with the appropriate agency or entity for current information.
Information above from the respective agencies.
Neighbors Together ~ Strong & Resilient does not provide any advice or endorse any service provider or agency.
October 2017 Northern California Firestorm: Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa: Coffey Park; Fountaingrove (Hidden Valley Estates (HVE) is lumped with FG); Larkfield-Wikiup-Mark West-Riebli; Rincon Valley-Deer Trail-Calistoga Rd; Bennett Ridge (Nuns/Annadel Fire) . . . See more . . . »