A case manager can help you get all the kinds of help listed on these pages, and more!
To be assigned a case manager, 512-850-MAIN (6246) or Toll Free 855-267-MAIN (6246). If you don't like working with your case manager, you may ask for a reassignment.
FREE COUNSELING AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN AFFECTED BY WILDFIRES
Trained counselors are available through the network of state Community Mental Health Centers. Calls to the crisis lines are free of charge, and wildfire survivors can request a face-to-face follow-up session if their needs cannot be fully served through phone counseling. For information on crisis counseling available in their county, survivors can call the Bluebonnet Trails Mental Health Services for Children: (512) 321-7253.
RESOURCES FOR EMOTIONAL/SPIRITUAL CARE
Employee Assistance Program through your job.
Free counselors at schools for students and parents.
Stephen Ministry (Bastrop: United Methodist; in and around Austin http://stephenministrynetwork.org/all_members.htm is a list of churches from 2009; other cities, ask at various churches, the program is multi-denominational), lay people with extensive training, do not need to be a member of a church to receive help, free.
Bluebonnet Trails offers free help for all first responders and Bastrop residents for the next year. The 24-hour hotline number is 800-841-1255. Monday through Friday, 275 Jackson Street Bastrop. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mental Health Services for adults in Bastrop County (512) 321-7250. .
Threads of Hope – Long-term counseling for fire survivors in the Bastrop community is available at Calvary Episcopal by appointment through Threads of Hope, a nonprofit network of licensed, professional counselors. Sliding scale fee, or free. Call 512-327-0020, ext. 302, to make an appointment.
FOR YOUR GROUP: Set up free a “how to heal, how to help others heal' workshop for your group: contact Carla Cheatham, a Certified Trauma Resolution Therapist, her boss (Heart to Heart Hospice, in Austin) will let her work free to help Bastrop County individuals and groups with post-trauma grief recovery. 512-364-8503 or 512-527-4455. (Note: trauma often includes grief, but trauma involves safety issues and needs, other than just grief counseling.)
ON-LINE GUIDES FOR DEALING WITH TRAUMA (from Government and non-profits)
Article on the benefit of writing about your traumatic experience. http://www.apa.org/research/action/writing.aspx
How to talk to children about the fires: http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/natural-disasters/fires/wildfires.
A free self-help guide http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Dealing-with-the-Effects-of-Trauma-A-Self-Help-Guide/SMA-3717 click the download button for a free copy.
Other free guides at http://store.samhsa.gov/facet/Issues-Conditions-Disorders/term/Trauma include “A Post-Deployment Guide for Emergency and Disaster Response Workers Returning Home After Disaster Relief Work” and “Helping Children and Youth Who Have Experienced Traumatic Events.” The free download button works even if the list says “out of stock.”
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