Mental Health Partners is offering counseling services, crisis support, and resource navigation in the aftermath of the Boulder County Marshall Fire.
To access support: Call the Outreach Warm Line at (303) 545-0852 or Email CommunityOutreach@mhpcolorado.org.
Resources in Response to the Marshal Fire in Colorado
In response to the recent wildfires in Colorado, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help children, families, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together. Resources include:
Support Helplines –
- SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.
- The Trevor Project
Suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQIA+ youth.
Call 1-866-488-7386 | text ‘START’ to 678-678 | The Trevor Project | For Young LGBTQ Lives
- Colorado Crisis Services Crisis support available 24/7 1-844-493-8255 | Text “TALK” to 38255
- Domestic Violence Hotline and Support 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) |TTY: 1-800-787-3224 | Text ‘START’ to 88788 https://www.thehotline.org/
Organizations Providing Resources & Information
Boulder County Public Health
Please reach out to the Boulder County Public Call Center if you were impacted by the fire and need information. 303-413-7730
Boulder Office of Emergency Management
Plans, coordinates and supports wide-range of activities that help prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and large-scale emergencies. www.boulderoem.com
FEMA Assistance for Residents and Businesses
Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. https://www.fema.gov/
Disability & Disaster Hotline
Community members who need additional support can call or text 1-800-626-4949.
Supporting Children Impacted by Wildfires
- Kid Connects and Kid Connects in the Neighborhood offers early childhood mental health consultation to care providers: early childhood educators, family members, friends and neighbors caring for children ages 0-6. If a care provider or parent has a concern for a child’s mental health, behavior, or development especially in relation to the Marshall Fire they can leave a message with the warm line to receive brief consultation by calling (303)245-4418. Calls are returned within 48 hours.
- Early Childhood Council of Boulder County: Parents who now need temporary or emergency childcare can visit the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County’s website for information on how to contact the Colorado Shines Referral Program. https://eccbouldercounty.org/for-families/child-care-referrals/
- A Story About Fire for Young Children
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Children Impacted by Wildfires (En Español)
- Preparing Children After a Wildfire Damages Your Community
- Wildfires: Tips for Parents on Media Coverage (En Español)
- Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents
- Strategies to Manage Challenges for EMS and Other First Responder Families
- Trinka and Sam: The Big Fire – e-book for young children. (En Español)
- Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators
- After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal
- Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
- Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
- Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
- The Power of Parenting: How to Help Your Child After a Parent or Caregiver Dies
- Childhood Traumatic Grief: Youth Information Sheet
Psychological First Aid and Skills for Psychological Recovery
The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA; En Español). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. The PFA Wallet Card (En Español) provides a quick reminder of the core actions. PFA Handouts include:
- Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers (En Español)
- Parent Tips for Helping Preschoolers (En Español)
- Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children (En Español)
- Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents (En Español)
- Tips for Adults (En Español)
Available from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University and other partners:
- Sustaining the Psychological Well-Being of Caregivers While Caring for Disaster Victims
- Safety, Recovery and Hope after Disaster: Helping Communities and Families Recover
- Leadership Communication: Anticipating and Responding to Stressful Events
- Wildfire Smoke Factsheet: Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash
Pet Loss Support Group
Free Boulder Pet Loss Support Group. First Saturday of every month from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Human Society of Boulder Valley 303-442-4030