Psychologists needed to help wildfire evacuees cope with trauma


The California Psychological Association has sent out an "urgent request" by email to a distribution list of about 13,000 licensed psychologists seeking volunteers to help wildfire evacuees cope with emotional trauma. Jo Linder-Crow, the association's chief executive, said Tuesday the email was sent out a day earlier to licensed mental health providers across California. The email warned of "a tremendous acute and long-term impact" caused by the deadly wildfires and called for volunteers to help out at shelters. As firefighters gained more control Tuesday of the massive wildfires in Northern California, officials and trauma experts worried about the emotional toll taken by the grueling week of major blazes on the public. At least 41 people were killed, more than 6,000 homes were destroyed and tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders.

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