Mind Springs Health Provides Mental Health Support to Anyone Impacted by the East Troublesome Fire
As the East Troublesome Fire continues to burn, many individuals in Grand County may be experiencing emotional and mental distress. Mind Springs Health is offering mental health support to anyone in the community who has been impacted by the fire. The organization is providing free mental health sessions, three times per day, until Friday, November 6. The sessions will be held at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. MT daily via Zoom using the following link: https://mindspringshealth-org.zoom.us/j/99271624132 Participants without access to a computer can also call into the sessions at 971.247.1195, using meeting ID 99271624132. After Friday, November 6, Mind Springs Health will evaluate the need for more sessions and may continue the offerings if needed.
“The impact of natural disasters on one’s mental well-being can be immediate, and we want to be sure everyone in our community is taken care of and has a safe place to talk about what they’re going through right now,” said Makena Line, Program Director for the Mind Springs Health office in Granby. “For those who have lost their home or business, they’re very likely going through a grief process that can include feelings ranging from denial, anger, depression – or all of those feelings at the same time. Talking about those feelings with others who may be going through the same thing can be incredibly helpful.”
The free Zoom sessions are not only for residents who have lost properties, but for anyone in the area who is feeling increased anxiety or stress from the fires.
“For more than six months, many people have been experiencing added anxiety and distress due the current pandemic,” said Line. “Adding a wildfire that escalated very quickly to the current stress of the pandemic can be overwhelming. Uprooting families who are already struggling with disrupted schedules, the financial stress of potential loss of jobs or income, and the genuine fear of how long the fire may burn will all have a tremendous impact on the mental health of our community.”
Additional mental health resources for Grand County include a toll-free mental health support line at 1.877.519.7505 for anyone feeling distressed due to the fire, pandemic, or other stressors. First responders also have access to a peer support line at 970.363.6785.
The Granby Mind Springs Health office continues to remain open for virtual or in-person counseling and therapy and anyone who would like to make an appointment can call 970.887.2179.
Mind Springs Health is the Western Slope’s largest provider of counseling and therapy for mental wellness and assists individuals and families dealing with and recovering from substance abuse and addiction. Covering a 23,000-square mile area in Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit counties, Mind Springs Health offers a continuum of mental health care with crisis response services, 12 offices for outpatient treatment, and West Springs Hospital, the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City.