We understand the toll this has on us all. We’ve gathered some information for us all across the province of Alberta. We are all still in the process of truly understanding this experience.
Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.
Health Canada has launched the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 (Toll free)
Callers can access the Help Line 24/7 effective immediately. The Hope for Wellness Help Line is to provide immediate culturally competent telephone-based crisis intervention counselling to First Nations and Inuit young people and adults experiencing distress. Help Line calls will be answered by experienced crisis intervention counsellors, and service will be available in English and French. Callers may also ask about the availability of service in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.
Information Support for Families – Recovering from Wildfires
Red Cross Information: http://www.redcross.ca/crc/documents/Where-We-Work/Canada/Alberta/AlbertaFiresInfo/FtMacCR_fire_recovery.pdf
University of Alberta Q & A: https://uofa.ualberta.ca/news-and-events/newsarticles/2016/may/mental-health-q-and-a
AHS: Support for Albertans affected by wildfire: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/news/advisories/ne-pha-2016-05-06-fire-support.pdf
Borealis Counselling Services (formerly Personal Support Network) would like to offer continued support to you, our corporate clientele, your employees and their families, as well as other residents of Fort McMurray. We encourage anyone who requires support to contact us through our office number, 780-791-1757, which has been call forwarded to our 24/7 critical incident phone line until further notice. We have also been able to secure temporary office space in St. Albert, and our counsellors are available for in-person or telephone support as needed. We will be posting updates on our Website www.borealiscounselling.com and can also be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Shane Lynch, Chartered psychologist, is offering a HELP Line for parents with children with Special needs or Autism. Call or text 403-400-7968. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canadian Counsellor and Psychotherapy Association resources:
AHS is working to support patients from Fort McMurray and surrounding areas.
Our priority is to ensure our patients, clients and families have continued support for any physical, medical and emotional needs.