Jewish Family Service offers free counseling services to those affected by Marshall Fire

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correct the name of Jewish Family Service.

Jewish Family Service Boulder continues to provide free mental health counseling sessions to Boulder County Marshall Fire victims.

This service has already helped 475 residents, and funding remains to provide more sessions for families, couples or individuals who suffered mental health issues following the Marshall fire last winter. Director of the Jewish Family Service Boulder, Jennifer Banyan, stressed the importance of expanding access to mental health care after such an impactful natural disaster.

“Accessing mental health support early, after a disaster, can help prevent long-term mental health issues,” she wrote in a statement.

Funding for these counseling sessions is provided by the Community Foundation Boulder County’s Wildfire Fund, which raised a total of $40 million in June to help various organizations help those affected by the Marshall Fire.

With the help of the Wildfire Fund grant, Jewish Family Service expanded its line of private therapists from 70 pre-fire people to more than 250 local practitioners, helping participating families meet their unique health needs. of advice. Each family or individual receives ten free counseling sessions under the program.

“This program has a diverse panel of therapists serving all ages and trained in multiple models of grief, trauma, and support to meet the needs of our community as we rebuild,” Banyan wrote.

Those interested in signing up for counseling sessions can find more information and sign up for the service at jewishfamilyservice.org/bcc.

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