As a parent, there’s nothing that we want more in the world than to protect our kids from harm and to help them grow up to lead happy, healthy lives. Unfortunately, life is unpredictable and bad things DO happen: they may get taunted by a bully in third grade, an arm might get broken during an afternoon on the trampoline, and a million other situations can disrupt the foundations of our families. If you lived in Paradise, CA and escaped last November’s Camp Fire, then you very well might be dealing with difficult emotional issues. Here are some ways to help your family heal from this tragic event.

How to Help Your Family Emotionally Heal From the Camp Fire
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I’ve talked to some Camp Fire survivors and their stories are terrifying. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a real issue for children and adults who’ve suffered from such an intense, life-threatening event. If you or your child are still having troubles sleeping, eating, focusing, connecting with others, or moving on, please consider reaching out for professional help. ButteCountyRecovers.org has some great resources for Camp Fire survivors.

  • Disaster Distress Helpline: This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories 24/7, 365/year. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call (800) 985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
  • If you or someone you know was receiving County Behavioral Health services in Paradise, call the Access Line at (800) 334-6622 or (530)891-2810.
  • For a more extensive guide to help children cope with this disaster, click here.

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Sources
“Recovering from Wildfires”. American Psychological Association. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/wildfire.aspx
“Helping Children After a Wildfire: Tips for Parents and Teachers”. National Association of School Psychologists. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/natural-disaster/helping-children-after-a-wildfire-tips-for-parents-and-teachers
“Mental Health & Wellness”. County of Sonoma. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://www.sonomacountyrecovers.org/mental-health-wellness/
“Frequently Asked Questions”. Butte Country Recovers. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://buttecountyrecovers.org/wellnessanswers/