Healthcare Foundation

Mental Health For Wildfire Survivors – Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative

The Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative (Collaborative), an initiative of the Healthcare Foundation, came together in response to the Sonoma County Wildfires in October of 2017. We want to help our community recover from the effects of the wildfires and return stronger than it was before. This is accomplished using the following evidence-based strategies to support anyone impacted by the wildfires with FREE SUPPORT — during the day, evening and weekend hours around the county.

Our goal: Ensure that all Sonoma County residents have access to evidence-based strategies to recover and build resiliency post wildfires.


  • Create a collaborative model of mental health disaster response for Sonoma County
  • Increase trauma skills of mental health providers – SPR training
  • Develop a comprehensive menu of evidenced-based, free, bilingual mental health services for everyone
  • Develop a media campaign to normalize symptoms, reduce stigma and refer people to help through NAMI, the app and website
  • Measure outcomes and create a knowledge base to inform future disaster response


Self Driven


• App – Sonoma Rises


• Individual therapy

• Group drop-in or arranged therapy

• Community dinners/meetings

organized with facilitators

• Yoga/Meditation

• Forest bathing

Macro Community Healing and Capacity Building

• SPR training for licensed mental

health professionals

• Trauma support training for

clergy and workforce working

with survivors

• Yoga teacher training of trauma

informed yoga and Irest meditation

Collaborative Members

  • Redwood Psychological Association*
  • Redwood Empire CA-MFT Association*
  • California HOPE Program – Sonoma County*
  • NAMI – the National Association for Mental Illness Sonoma County*
  • Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County*
  • Sonoma County Department of Health Services Behavioral Health Division
  • Sonoma County Office of Recovery and Resiliency
  • ROC – Rebuilding Our Community Sonoma County
  • California Human Development
  • Hanna Institute
  • St Joseph Health Hospice Services
  • National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter
  • Indicates* steering committee member

We are deeply grateful to the following donors:

  • Tipping Point Community Emergency Fund
  • Community Foundation Sonoma County
  • Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County
  • Dreaming Tree Wines
  • Constellation Brands
  • Foundation for Global Sports Development
  • Medtronic
  • Keysight Technologies
  • Living Well Over 60 Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Discover Global Network
  • Redwood Psychological Association
  • Individual donors

To make a gift to the Wildfire Collaborative’s efforts click HERE 

Allie Murillo

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