Mental health support for people impacted by Alberta fires

Following the evacuation from Fort McMurray in 2016, Sithara Fernando experienced post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and a major depression. One year after the wildfire, she shares her story to help other people who are still recovering. She is thankful for the support of the Red Cross in providing mental health resources in the community. 


Sithara is not alone is experiencing mental health challenges following the Alberta fires. We encourage people to seek help. You can find some information in this brochure Coping with Crisis and additional resources below. 

Additional resources in Public Health services

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

SOS Crisis Line
Some Other Solutions
24 hour confidential crisis support.

Walk-in Counselling Services
10217 Queen Street
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.
No appointment required
For more information call: 780-743-7187
Mental Health Services
3rd floor, Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, 7 Hospital Street
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
For more information or to book an appointment: 780-791-6194
Borealis Counselling
Counselling Services & Mindfulness for Wellbeing Program & Group Support
Phone: 780-791-1757
Legacy Counselling Centre
Provides interdisciplinary mental health services.
160 Dickens Dr., Fort McMurray
Phone: (587) 536-6619

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Provides confidential and professional counselling to individuals, children, couples and families.
Phone: 780- 743-7910

Wood Buffalo Primary Care Network
Adult Mental Health Services - See individuals referred by their Family Physician.
Phone: 780-788-1765
Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre
Programs and services building upon traditional Aboriginal values and culture.
8310 Manning Avenue
Phone: 780.743.8555
Alberta provincial resources

Health Link
Provides advice for health concerns from a registered nurse and information on available mental health and wellness resources.
24/7, Call: 811
Mental Health Help Line
Provides crisis intervention, information about mental health programs and services and referrals to other agencies if needed.
24/7, Call: 877-303-2642

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