The Government of BC and partners from non-profit agencies, local health authorities, First Nations governments, and community organizations are joining forces to support people impacted by the 2017 wildfires to get the mental health supports and services they need.
This week, CMHA in BC launched a targeted tele-health program called Talk in Tough Times. The revamped program – modelled after the successful evidence-based BounceBack® program – is for youth and adults affected by the wildfires who are experiencing mild to moderate depression, low mood or stress, with or without anxiety.
“Fleeing a fire and/or losing your property are some of the more traumatic events you can deal with. As we approach the spring and summer past events may trigger some people and they may be dealing with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and unhealthy substance use,” said Bev Gutray, CEO, CMHA BC. “We want those people to know that talking makes a difference, recovery is possible, and help is available.”
To help ensure that British Columbians are aware of and know how to access the Talk in Tough Times tele-health program and other mental health supports and services, the Province, in collaboration with CMHA in BC, First Nations Health Authority, Interior Health Authority, United Way, Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre, and the Canadian Red Cross have also launched a new community-led Talk in Tough Times Facebook page, This social media page, administered by CMHA BC and local CMHA branches and supported by province-wide partner organizations and professionals, provides a public forum for people affected by the 2017 wildfires where they can learn about and get connected to available mental health resource and key community events.
If you or someone you know is experiencing the after effects of the wildfires, there is help available. Individuals can access the Talk in Tough Times tele-health program by calling 1-877-427-4884, visit the Talk in Tough Times Facebook page, view resources available through bc211.ca online, or call the Mental Health Support Line at 310-6789 (no area code needed).