Supporting Family & Community Mental Health During Disaster Recovery

On May 6, 2023, Alberta declared a provincial state of emergency in response to the threat of multiple wildfires burning throughout the province.

At PolicyWise for Children & Families, we empathize with the communities negatively impacted by the ongoing wildfire situation. We have a decade of experience working with community non-profits, government, and other organizations to support their response and recovery efforts, particularly around psychosocial and mental health.  

Considering the current wildfire situation, we are sharing some of our recent work. We include what we learned from the 2013 floods in southern Alberta, the 2016 wildfires in Fort McMurray, and the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope these resources will provide value to the communities experiencing challenges today and help support their recovery and well-being into the future.

Albertans who require assistance can call 310-4455 for wildfire related information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Learn more at the Government of Alberta’s website.