When natural disasters occur, like the wildfires in BC that are beyond our personal control, it can result in feeling helpless and perhaps powerless. Concern for security and the future may leave you anxious and uncertain about what will happen next and what measures to take. These feelings and emotions are normal.
As the situation unfolds and efforts to lessen the impact of the wildfire continue, you and your family members may experience stress and anxiety. We would like to extend support to you during this difficult time as we all try to understand the impact of the situation and process these events. The attached support materials from our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) include strategies for coping with reactions to stress and anxiety.
Crisis Support Line now open
If you or anyone you know is in need of emotional support in relation to the wildfires, please call 1.844.751.2133. By calling the crisis line, you will receive crisis counselling support and/or referral to community resources. This resource is available 24/7 to everyone, so please share with family, friends, and those in the community.
Remember that the immediate and confidential EFAP services are accessible 24/7/365 by calling 1.844.880.9142 or visiting workhealthlife.com. The website also features additional information and tips on coping with traumatic events.