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Mental health resources still available two years after wildfire

PHOTO. Sign welcoming residents upon re-entry after a 6 week evacuation due to wildfire. NICOLE BAGGIO. Staff.

Many residents in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) may be reliving painful memories from the 2016 Wildfire and the evacuation of the region as we commemorate the two year anniversary.

This s is a natural response in recovery from trauma and Mayor Don Scott is hoping everyone reaches out to their neighbours and seeks out any help they need.

“What I’ve suggested to everybody, is make sure that young people or any person who is going through this is getting the help they need, whether it’s mental health supports or any other support. The Red Cross is still here and they are a great place to go to get direction and support,” said Scott.

Information on wildfire recovery resources available from the Red Cross can be found online, as well as information on mental health services available in the community.

Residents can also dial 211 or 780-743-4357 which is a 24 hour non-emergency hot line connecting you to mental health supports through Some Other Solutions, society For crisis prevention. 

Any further questions about mental health resources in the community can be directed to the PULSE Line at 780-743-7000 or online at rmwb.ca/PULSE.