The Camp Fire in Butte County has completely destroyed the town of Paradise. More than 6,500 homes and structures have burned to the ground, there have been 88 fatalities, and people are still missing. With the recent rains, a wide area is experiencing floods, mudslides, and flowing debris. As outgoing Governor Jerry Brown comments: "This is the new abnormal...". As our state struggles to make sense of these tragic events, you should know that Red Cross disaster mental health workers are always needed - as are donations! Please consider helping in any way you can.
Disasters are upsetting experiences for everyone involved—especially when they cause such massive devastation so close to the holidays. This is a time for people to come together and support one another.
Although the impact of a major catastrophic event may diminish over time, community members can benefit from art therapy to manage lingering symptoms resulting from the trauma. The creation of artwork surrounding what occurred is a lasting symbol of the experience that can be revisited safely with a professional art therapist and help promote continued healing. Your donations will help us fund art therapy-based events for children, adults, and families impacted by these life-changing experiences. Please consider a tax-deductible donation in honor or in memory of a loved one. Thank you. The Northern California Art Therapy Association (NorCATA)
- Mental health experts recommend finding a balance with regard to media coverage. It’s important to stay informed while also limiting exposure, especially for children.
- Also, be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as anger, frustration and anxiety.
- To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746.