Being forcibly uprooted from your home is one of the most stressful things that can happen to anyone and, currently, there are thousands from the Central Interior in that stressful place. More than 6,000 evacuees have registered at the Reception Centre at CNC. Many are staying in evacuation centres, while others are in RV parking or commercial accommodation. But the Canadian Mental Health Association says there are signs to watch for when an individual needs to seek help.
Maureen Davis with the BC-Yukon branch says extreme behaviour is a sure sign. Others are: trouble with sleeping and eating, bouts of crying and trouble focusing.
Children and the elderly are the demographic more susceptible to the stressors. Counselors have been set up in the different evacuation centres. But there are other a person call to get help:
Crisis Centre (Mental Health BC-wide):310-6789
Prince George Crisis Line: 250-563-1214
Primary Care (Northern Health): 250-565-2612
Canadian Mental Health Association (P.G.): 250-564-8644