Burnaby Counselling Group (BCG) recognizes the significant challenges that many British Columbians are currently facing as a result of the BC wildfires that continue to wreak havoc on so many families and communities. This type of emergency situation can contribute to declining mental health and even to a mental health crisis, as sometimes feelings of hopelessness and helplessness become too big and overwhelming.
While on the one hand, there is a tremendous amount of joint social support in communities experiencing the greatest impacts, as community people “pull together”, the other reality is that some individuals tend to isolate and begin to rely on negative or unhealthy coping strategies.
For the month of August, the BCG is offering up to three free counselling sessions to any individuals or families that have been directly impacted as a result of the wildfires. This includes individuals who have been displaced from their homes and those who have sustained significant and impactful economic losses as a result of the emergency situation in or near their community.
The team of therapists at BCG would like individuals requesting support to contact the BCG through their Executive Director. Therapists are available to offer some of the following:
Provide victims with an opportunity to tell their story;
Discuss positive coping strategies and how to build resilience;
Review best ways to support children and other family members through losses;
Discuss techniques to manage stress and worry; and,
Helping victims learn to monitor for symptoms of declining and poor mental health in themselves and others and to identify when additional help may be needed.
If you are interested in accessing this free service from BCG, please write to our Executive Director, Cameron Keller and include BCG Free Counselling in the subject line. You may also call 778-789-7580. Help us spread the word through your families and networks