Natural disasters anywhere can be scary. Natural disasters in highly populated areas where millions of people live, work, and travel? Downright terrifying. (And it’s not even Halloween yet…)
If you or a loved one has to evacuate their home or is feeling unsafe because of the Getty Fire, it can be easy to jump into problem-solving mode. Getting to safety is top priority. Along the way, it’s also important to check-in with your mental health. If you’re in the midst of a natural disaster, you’re dealing with a lot. No worries—we got you. And, you got this.
Deep breaths, let’s get to this. Here are three ways to take care of mental health during the Getty Fires:
- Find a pal. You don’t have to buckle down and get through disasters like this alone. Find someone who will let you unload even the hardest stuff. We’ve all heard the adage to put on a brave face when confronted with adversity. Here’s your reminder that reaching out for help is brave. It’s one of the bravest things you can do. Because you can’t show up for others or think clearly until you take care of yourself. Pro-Tip: Unsure of where to find a pal who will totally get what you’re going through? That’s what we’re here for. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.
- Stay safe. We get it, evacuating your home is hard—especially if you have circumstances that make it hard to move. As nerve-wracking as it may be to leave your home, the most important thing is your physical safety. The good news is you don’t need to make the tough calls. Follow the directions of your local authorities. Their job is to keep you safe. Can’t get to safety alone? That’s what first responders are here for. Reach out for help; your safety is important.
- Show up for the community. Even if you don’t live in California, you might still be understandably anxious and stressed out by the fires. Hello, it’s our planet we’re talking about! Channel that anxiety into action and find ways to support local organizations that are supporting communities devastated by the fire. Support animals that have been displaced by the fires or donate to an LA or Sonoma County food bank. At Crisis Text Line, we also know that some kind words go a long way to help someone in crisis. Try sending a thank you note to first responders in the area. They’re hard at work keeping everyone safe and deserve some kindness thrown their way.
Worried about the fires in California? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.