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BP pledges $52 million to support mental health

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The sun shined a little brighter today down in the Gulf. Shrimpers in Louisiana reported their first clean day of fishing, and the states affected by the spill will be getting millions from BP to support mental health services:

Funds will go to one federal and four state agencies to provide support and outreach services for mental health programs in the Gulf of Mexico region. In what appears to be its first nod to the mental health challenges from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP announced Monday, Aug. 16, it will provide $52 million in funding for one federal and four state agencies to provide support and outreach services for mental health programs in the Gulf.

Here’s a breakdown of the federal and state funding:

AMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) – $10 million

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals – $15 million

Mississippi Department of Mental Health – $12 million

Alabama Department of Mental Health – $12 million

Florida Department of Children and Families – $3 million

Besides the physical ailments that have surfaced after the spill — rashes, respiratory discomforts, etc. — mental health concerns skyrocketed. Why do mental health issues surface so fast after a natural disaster like an oil spill?

Dr. Farris Tuma of the NIMH explains: “One of the tragedies that we have seen over and over again after large scale disasters, is really a spiraling downward of people who were, maybe, managing to keep their lives together, to keep their emotions and behaviors under control, but with some additional stress and some added disorganization in their community — really became quite disabled by their anxiety, depression and psychosis. (Click here to view a video in which Dr. Tuma discusses the “Mental Health Concerns from the Gulf Oil Spill.”)

Related Posts:

Oil Spill’s Impact on Mental Health
VIDEO: “Mental Health Concerns from the Gulf Oil Spill”

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Written by traumalines

August 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm

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  1. Wow this is really great news! There is not enough mental health coverage and services in most places.

    Even Florida’s DCF will receive money.? That’s wonderful. Giving money for mental health and social work sounds good to me!

    travelingmad

    August 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    • Travelingmad,

      Thanks for your comment, sorry it has taken me so long to respond. Hope to hear from you soon!

      Thanks,
      Tim

      traumalines

      August 25, 2010 at 7:50 pm

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