Support for those affected by BC’s wildfires
British Columbians have seen record wildfires in recent years. Many have had to evacuate their homes and stay in temporary shelters. Understandably, many people suffered fear, anxiety and loss from what may have been the most stressful event they have dealt with.
The stress and trauma of dealing with a natural disaster emergency can have a lasting impact on your mental health. Feelings of sadness, anxiety or anger are common, and it’s normal to be affected months or even years after.
The good news is that there are simple tools that can help you rebuild your mental health. If you’ve been having a hard time recovering from a last year’s wildfires, or have noticed signs that someone close to you may be struggling, you may be interested in Bounce Back.
Bounce Back® teaches effective skills to help individuals (aged 15+) overcome symptoms of mild to moderate depression or anxiety, and improve their mental health. Participants can learn skills to help combat unhelpful thinking, manage worry and anxiety, and become more active and assertive.
Available for free across BC, Bounce Back® has been shown to help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety by half, and over 90% say they would recommend it to a friend or family member. Learn more about Bounce Back.
Or for help 24 hours a day:
- For crisis help, call 1-800-SUICIDE
- For mental health help and information, call 310-6789 (no area code)
- To see all the services and help available, visit bc211.ca