Mental Health and the Oil Spill
We’ve heard a lot about the potential health impacts of the oil spill, but not much has been said about the mental health impacts.
BP announced Monday it is planning to set aside $52 million for to improve the mental health of Gulf coast residents. But mental health professionals are already saying that that may not be enough — an indication of just how dire the situation may be in the region.
According to the the Sun Herald, in Mississippi:
The sum is considerably less than Mississippi asked for, said John Hosey with the Mississippi Interfaith Disaster Task Force, which serves vulnerable populations such as the Vietnamese community. Hosey said he heard Louisiana and Alabama also had asked for more than they are slated to receive.