Camp Fire Connect Counseling
Camp Fire Connect Counseling is a collaboration between United Way of Northern California and Red Cross to provide mental health and wellness services to survivors of the Camp Fire. This service is available for any Camp Fire survivor, regardless of where they currently live. Survivors must register to participate in this program by February 19th, 2021. United Way will pay the therapist directly for up to 8 sessions per person. If you don’t already have a therapist, the first step is to identify one. You can select any therapist that is accepting new patients and willing to bill United Way.
Below are some therapy offices that already have contracts with United Way. If you are interested in scheduling a time with one, please contact them directly.
Harbor Light Family Therapy
Jessica Pederson Willman
Strawberry Valley Counseling
The Growing Place
Please note: You can choose your own therapist. They do not have to be on the above list. Questions about the program can be emailed to email@example.com.
Need Support Now?
Here are resources you can use right now to get the support you need:
The Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 24/7 national helpline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
- Text:TalkWithUs to 66746
- For Deaf/Hard of Hearing TTY: 1-800-846-8517
- Online: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
- En Espanol: 1-888-628-9454
- For Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889
- Tips for Disaster Survivors: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/disaster-survivors/.
- Live Chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
Mental Health Association of San Francisco-Peer-Run Warm Line- 855-845-7415 The Peer-Run Warm Line is a toll-free, non-emergency resource for all residents of California seeking emotional support. The Peer-Run Warm Line provides assistance via phone and web chat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need. Some concerns callers share are challenged with interpersonal relationships, anxiety, panic, depression, finance, and alcohol and drug use. Available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
- Call: 855-845-7415
- Chat Online: https://www.mentalhealthsf.org
- Camp Fire Survivors– A website for Camp Fire survivors to tell their story and share in solidarity and healing. To share your own story as a Camp Fire Survivor, or to read the stories of Camp Fire Survivors, please visit: https://campfiresurvivors.com/
- Sonoma Rises- Sonoma Rises Application– Sonoma Rises is a free application available on the app store for iOS or google play created in response to the 2017 Sonoma Fires. Sonoma Rises is available in English and Spanish, and helps connect users with free and local mental health care services. The app aims to help users in increasing their wellbeing following a disaster or other traumatic situation. Users can access customized tools to help cope with stress, heal from loss, prioritize self-care, connect with others, manage anger, and track their mood. There are also tools within the app designed just for teens. available on Apple App Store and Google Play
- National Center for PTSD– PTSD Coach App and Website– Offering a free website and application with tools for coping with sadness, anxiety, and other symptoms that people who have been through trauma can develop. Some tools are brief and can help aide relaxation when feeling stressed or possibly improve mood. Offers guidance with tackling difficult problems, changing thinking patterns, and setting goals. Link to website: http://bit.ly/2ZafBQA. Also available on Apple App Store and Google Play
Online/Mobile Children’s Resources
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network– Offers online training, support, information and resources to the public and providers who work with children and families exposed to a wide range of traumatic experiences. NCTSN offers information on traumatic experiences including physical and sexual abuse; domestic, school, and community violence; natural disasters, terrorism, or military family challenges; and life-threatening injury and illnesses. Use the following link to access all NCTSN resources: http://bit.ly/2ZBmHhu
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)– Help Kids Cope Application- Offering a free mobile app for parents, helping parents talk to their children about disasters, including examples of typical reactions of children to disaster experiences, shared experiences from other parents that have experienced disaster, and ideas on what to say in certain situations in a child-friendly way. This app was developed by the National Child Stress Network. Available for download through the App store on mobile phones or online at: https://www.nctsn.org/resources/help-kids-cope
- Anthem Blue Cross– Tips for Talking to Children After Traumatic Events– Online resource for parents and educators navigating conversations with children who have experienced traumatic events. Accessible at https://bit.ly/2WcnHav
- SAMHSA– Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event- This guide provides parents, caregivers, and teachers various tips on how to talk to children and young adults after a disaster or traumatic event. This guide also offers resources, treatment locators, hotlines, and additional behavioral health resources. Accessible at http://bit.ly/2JDsnDm