May 29, 2018 4:16 am

New resources available to those dealing with emotional trauma from last year’s B.C. wildfire season

The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck
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It may be the early stages of this year’s wildfire season in B.C, but for some, last year’s run may still be all too fresh.

Now, there’s a resource available for those who may be feeling the emotions of last year’s devastating season.

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The tele-health program, “Talk in Tough Times,” is available for anyone who had to evacuate last year or lost a home and is experiencing depression, stress or anxiety.

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Bev Gutray is the C-E-O of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s B.C. division.

“A year later and some of those individuals will have been dealing with emerging mental health problems as a result of that displacement or result of not feeling secure at home.”

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The program is based on the Association’s self-management system, giving people the tools they need to manage their symptoms.

“Although we’ve got the Talk in Tough Times line, also the Interior Health — because this is really, at this point, we’re really focused on the Interior Health region — they will arrange for people to be hooked up to a health coordinator, which will help them get additional supports,” she said.

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“It hasn’t been tried as far as helping people to respond to natural disasters. And this is the new way forward.”

People can connect through either a phone line at 1-877-427-4884 or through Facebook.

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