A few ways to support nervous systems and help handle grief and trauma at this time.
We strongly encourage anyone that has been affected to go to the Disaster Assistance Center. The Disaster Assistance Center is providing a range of services including immediate financial assistance, food assistance, information about short- and long-term housing, property loss and filing claims for assistance, mental health supports, transportation, and much more.
Currently available through the Boulder JCC/Boulder JFS:
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE & COMPUTERS: We are supporting our partner Boulder JFS in providing immediate financial assistance, computers, and a space for individual counseling. Boulder JFS operates from the Boulder JCC building.
COMMUNITY TRAINING: Our partners at JResponse, a program of JCC Association, are offering a free session on how to talk with impacted individuals utilizing guidance and resources from the National Council of Well-Being's Mental Health First Aid Training. Register to join us on Tuesday, January 11 at 2 pm.
FREE MEETING SPACE: We are providing free meeting spaces for those who need a place to work, connect, and organize. To reserve a meeting space, email ReserveFreeSpace@boulderjcc.org.
MEALS: We have partnered with Conscious Alliance to provide weekly meals to impacted families, which has been identified as a need.
SHOWERS: The Boulder JCC is open for those who need access to showers.
The following are free TRU support groups for anyone impacted by the Marshall Fire. Register here or call (303) 604-5300.
Marshall Fire Weekly Drop-In Group: We invite anyone impacted by the Marshall Fire to join us for a drop-in grief support group to process your loss in a safe setting with others. This group will be held on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. starting January 19th, virtual on ZOOM. Register here
Marshall Fire Teen Support Group: This group is for teens impacted by the Marshall Fire. It will be held on Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. starting February 3rd, virtual on ZOOM. This group will meet for four weeks. Register here
Marshall Fire Mindfulness/Meditation Group - TRU welcomes you with a tender heart to a mindfulness circle for those impacted by the Marshall Fires. In this peer-guided group, we will practice mindfulness and compassion-based techniques that may be supportive to you during this time of grief and transition. No prior experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. We invite you to come as you are. It will be held on Tuesdays from 5:50-6:30 p.m. starting January 18th through April 13th, virtual on ZOOM. Register here
Facing the Mourning: 4-Week Program from Heartlight Center: Part class, part support group, this donation-based program will give you consistent, weekly support to honor, process, and create milestones through your grief. It will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. starting February 15th, virtual on ZOOM. This group will meet for four weeks. Visit HeartlightCenter.org for more information.
Mental Health Partners: 303-443-8500
Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255
Boulder County - Mental Health After a Wildfire
National Mental Health Resources:
Disaster Distress Helpline: The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Help for Coping with Disasters:
Disastershock.com is an International organization which Dr Rusk volunteers with. There is a great manual on this website dedicated to providing strategies for children, educators and families who are experiencing emotional distress related to any disaster.
Taking Care of Your Emotional Health After a Disaster: American Red Cross
Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress. SAMHSA
Bramble and Hare on 13th St in Boulder are offering free lunches to people who lost their homes in the fire beginning Jan 4th from noon-2.
Soundstrue.com is offering a free trauma resource to anybody impacted by the Marshall/Boulder County Fires. They are offering a free download of Peter Levine‘s book called “healing trauma”. All you need to do is create an account and create a password!
Sounds True have many more resources on their website which are oriented towards mindfulness inner peace and self-help for healing.
Each of the below providers will make themselves available to people who suffered losses in the fire. All we can do is love and give right now.
Faith Cohen, PhD
Individual grief and trauma work with a spiritual orientation
Sue Ann Belmont PsyD
Trauma healing, Grief work
Therapeutic massage and energy healing
Rebecca Strong, LPC
EMDR Group Therapy, trauma healing
+1 (303) 880-3619
Trauma healing, Emotional Support
Arielle Schwartz, PhD
Regular Group Trauma Informed Yoga
Grief Support Network
Louisa Hope Robertson