Mental Health Support Services Post – 2017 Wildfires

Victoria – The Government of British Columbia and partners from non-profit agencies, local health authorities, First Nations governments and community organizations are joining forces to support people affected by the 2017 wildfires, to get the mental-health supports and services they need.

“Thousands of people were impacted by the devastating wildfires that were experienced across the province last year,” said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “Natural disasters can cause significant stress, and can lead to unexpected mental-health impacts. That’s why it is critically important that people are familiar with the mental-health supports and services in place to help them along their healing journey.”

This week, the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division (CMHA BC) launched a targeted telehealth program, called Talk in Tough Times. The program is for youth and adults affected by the wildfires who are experiencing mild to moderate depression, low mood and/or stress, with or without anxiety.

The Province, in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association in B.C., First Nations Health Authority, Interior Health Authority, United Way, Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre and the Canadian Red Cross have launched a new, community-led Facebook page for Talk in Tough Times. This social media page provides a public forum for people affected by the 2017 wildfires. The page will be a place where people can learn about, and get connected to, available mental-health resources. To help ensure that British Columbians are aware of, and know how to access, the Talk in Tough Times telehealth program and other mental-health supports and services, the Facebook page will be used to promote key community events and supporting resources.

Links:

To access the Talk in Tough Times telehealth program, visit: https://cmha.bc.ca/talkintoughtimes

To access the Talk in Tough Times Facebook page, visit: https://www.facebook.com/TalkInToughTimes/

For more information on mental health and substance use supports and services, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/mental-health-and-substance-use-supports
Or: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/mental-health

To find community and government resources in your area, visit: http://www.bc211.ca

For information about the Provincial Health Services Authority’s (PHSA) Provincial Disaster Psychosocial (PDS) Program and increased access to Psychological First Aid (PFA) training, visit: http://www.phsa.ca/our-services/programs-services/health-emergency-management-bc/disaster-psychosocial-program

First Nations Health Authority: http://www.fnha.ca

Canadian Mental Health Association: http://www.cmha.bc.ca

United Way: www.unitedwaytnc.ca

Interior Health Authority: https://www.interiorhealth.ca

Canadian Red Cross: http://www.redcross.ca

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