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by Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director
BP this week announced that it will provide $52 million to federal and state health organizations to fund behavioral health support and outreach programs across the Gulf Coast region.
In a July letter to BP, NAMI blasted the oil company for ignoring appeals by Louisiana to fund mental health services in communities directly affected by the Deep Horizon oil spill. This month we also challenged Kenneth Feinberg, the independent claims administrator for the $20 billion relief fund created by BP, to cover mental health needs resulting from the spill.
NAMI is available in these communities to offer education and support. Our affiliate leaders and members live and work in the Gulf Coast area. They understand the variety of ways life has been disrupted and are equipped to help others affected by mental illness.
NAMI has created a website to help support Gulf Coast residents affected by the spill. Visit www.nami.org/oilspill for national, state and local support for information on everything from employment to mental health care.
Across the Gulf Coast, depression, suicide attempts, family violence, substance abuse and other mental health problems are already on the rise. Treatment works-- if people can get it. However, in many communities, it may be difficult or impossible to find a local mental health provider.
How will people get the help they need? We cannot afford to ignore this question. These mental health systems need continued investment to meet the increasing needs of their communities.
Everyone can be alert to warning signs related to mental health problems, such as insomnia, dizziness, mood swings, increased use of drugs or alcohol and headaches or stomach problems. If you experience these symptoms, or recognize them in a loved one, don’t dismiss them. Seek help.
At NAMI, we know that the road to recovery is rarely smooth, but the support of others who understand your losses, your frustrations, but also your aspirations for the future, can make all the difference.