There are many supports across the province for those who are struggling with their grief in the aftermath of the tragedy that struck Humboldt.
The Kids Help Phone encourages young people who are affected by the tragedy to seek support. Counsellors are available 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868. People can also text SUPPORT to 686868 to reach a trained volunteer responder. They can also be reached online.
"All of us are thinking about the tremendous tragedy," shared Vice President of Kids Help Phone Alisa Simon. "You're in our thoughts and prayers. We hope people will reach out to loved that they know but we're happy we can be there when young people feel that they need to reach out to somebody in a more anonymous fashion."
As well, the Psychology Association of Saskatchewan has shared in a media release that they have programs available to those who are looking for help.
"The Psychology Association of Saskatchewan (PAS) has been made aware of the terrible loss and tragedy that occurred when the Humboldt Broncos lost 15 players, coaches and personnel in a tragic accident on Friday night. We are also aware of how this event may impact the Humboldt, Nipawin, greater Saskatchewan, and hockey communities in days and weeks to come."
"There are no words to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to all those who were affected, and who lost precious family and community members. We would also like to thank all those who were there to provide immediate assistance and emergency care. This is a heart-breaking tragedy, felt province and nation-wide. As Psychologists, we are prepared to assist individuals reacting to this terrible situation as best we possibly can."
"Most of the time, the immediate response and grief is an understandable reaction to such a traumatic event, and may not require any formal treatment aside from the love and support of family, friends, and community. However, if you feel you or a loved one requires professional assistance, you can consult with your family doctor or any mental health resource that have been made available to your community. They may refer you for counselling services, or you may also self-refer to local mental health services."
"Visit psychsask.ca/resources for a list of resources for both short-term and longer-term counselling and support services available in Saskatchewan. This list will continue to be updated in the coming days and will include services that are freely available through the Saskatchewan Health Authority, community associations and organizations, as well as through privately-funded, fee-for-service resources."