Bombardier Alina Liang from 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment and Master Bombardier Joseph Rozario from 15th Field Artillery Regiment build a sandbag wall behind residential homes in order to protect them against potential flooding in Chilliwack, British Columbia on 29 November 2021. (MCpl Nicolas Alonso, Canadian Forces Combat Camera, Canadian Armed Forces Photo)

Bombardier Alina Liang from 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment and Master Bombardier Joseph Rozario from 15th Field Artillery Regiment build a sandbag wall behind residential homes in order to protect them against potential flooding in Chilliwack, British Columbia on 29 November 2021. (MCpl Nicolas Alonso, Canadian Forces Combat Camera, Canadian Armed Forces Photo)

Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl shares resource options for post-flood recovery

Mental health can be impacted heavily by disastrous events like flooding

Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Hope, provided an update from Parliament Hill this week regarding resources for those affected by the B.C. Storm, to help them to rebuild and recover.

“It has been one month since the B.C. Storm crisis impacted our community,” he said. “I wanted to check in to ensure that you are taking care of yourselves and each other, with the help of resources available to you.”

He sent out a list of resources and links for people affected by flooding in various ways, including Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA), which is available for eligible British Columbians who were affected by flooding and landslides from Nov. 14 to Dec. 2, 2021. Apply for DFA online here: www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance

“Natural disasters can take a toll on mental health, especially those that were directly impacted or helped those that were directly impacted,” Strahl added. “If you find that you are struggling or need someone to talk to, please reach out and use these mental health supports to help you get through this difficult time.”

Mental Health Resources:

BC Crisis Line 1-800-784-2433 (24/7 support available) and online chat services between 12 p.m. and 1 a.m.

https://crisiscentre.bc.ca/get-help/

BC Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Support Line 310-6789 (24/7 support available)

https://cmha.bc.ca/

Coping through a natural disaster emergency: https://cmha.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CopingThroughaNaturalDisaster_2017.pdf

Fraser Health Crisis Line

604-951-8855 or 1-877-820-7444

https://www.crisislines.bc.ca/fraser

KUU-US Indigenous Crisis Line 1-800-588-8717 (toll free, 24/7 support available)

https://www.kuu-uscrisisline.com/

Kids Help Phone Text CONNECT to 686868

https://kidshelpphone.ca/need-help-now-text-us

BC Virtual Mental Health Supports

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/virtual-mental-health-supports

“We were there for each other during this crisis, and I know we’ll continue to be there for one another as we rebuild, together.”

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