LAGUNA BEACH : Male Fire Victims to Get Support Group

A new support group is being formed to help men who lost homes in the October fire and are feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of rebuilding their lives.

“I think it’s just a little more difficult for men to reach out and access any mental health services,” said David Bishop, an outreach supervisor for Laguna Cares, which is forming the group.

Some men have trouble expressing their feelings within their own families, he said, and the support group will give them a chance to shed “the pillar-of-strength image” and speak openly with other men.

“Men can talk to men about things in a similar fashion,” he said.


Laguna Cares is an offshoot of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic formed to help meet the psychological needs of fire victims.

The group is also seeking supplies for their art therapy sessions. Items needed include art portfolios, plexiglass, legal- and letter-size typing paper, colored felt-tipped pens, packaging tape and slide and overhead projectors.

For more information about the men’s group or women’s groups or to donate supplies, call (714) 376-2141.