Mental Health Alert From Yavapai County Community Health Services
Incident: Yarnell Hill Fire Wildfire
Contact Information: Public Information Officer David McAtee (928) 442-5509
Alternate Contact: Terri Farneti (928) 442-5596
COPING WITH TRAGEDY
Coping with tragedy:
Resources for firefighters and their families
In response to the loss of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday, the Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) has partnered with West Yavapai Guidance Clinic and Magellan Health Services of Arizona to provide members of the Fire Service and their families, the counseling they need to process feelings of grief, sorrow and depression.
West Yavapai Guidance Clinic provides services for those experiencing a mental health crisis. People in western Yavapai County may access these services by calling 928-445-5211, where someone will be available to take the call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or walk in to talk with someone in person Mon-Fri between 8 and 5 at 642 Dameron Drive/Hillside Center in Prescott, or 3345 N. Windsong Drive/Windsong Center in Prescott Valley. These crisis counseling services are available to anyone regardless of income or insurance status.
Magellan has partnered with the Crisis Response Network to activate two 24-hour hotlines and a website to help citizens dealing with a mental health crisis.
For Arizona residents
The Tragedy Support Hotline is staffed by behavioral health professionals to offer counseling services to anyone seeking support during this tragedy. Arizona residents can call the hotline at 1-800-203-CARES (2273) to connect with crisis response professionals that specialize in behavioral health.
For Fire Service members and their families
Members of the Fire Service and their families are encouraged to call the Firestrong Hotline at 602-845-FIRE (3473) to connect with a crisis response professional. The line is also staffed with behavioral health professionals to offer counseling services to individuals seeking support.
Firestrong.org is an online resource for members of the Fire Service and their families. The mission of Firestrong is to offer mental, emotional, and physical support to each member of the fire department and their families by providing educational tools, resources, crisis intervention assistance (crisis line) and peer support services.
Tragedies of this kind impact everyone. With a community grieving the loss of loved ones and the destruction of an entire town, YCCHS wants to ensure every Arizona resident has access to professionals who can help counsel them through these feelings.
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For more information about this event or any of the Yavapai County Community Health Services, please contact David McAtee at 928-442-5509 or email David.McAtee@yavapai.us.