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The Red Cross helps residents cope

The Red Cross helps residents affected by disasters in many ways. One of those ways is by providing mental support. The Red Cross helps residents affected by disasters in many ways. One of those ways is by providing mental support.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Isaac interrupted many lives, flooded homes, people lost belongings and some were out of work for a while. Trying to get back on your feet can be a tough process that can wear on you mentally.

Client Case Work Manager Pat Eger said, "The main thing is they are just worried about what they are going to do next because they have been through this. They are barely back to where they were seven years ago, and then boom they get hit again, so there is some anxiety out there."

Pat Eger is an American Red Cross Volunteer from Arizona and she is making sure South Mississippians have all their needs addressed. She sends client case workers like Irene Gray out into the community to assist.

"Our mental health workers go out with our case workers, as well as, health services, they go out and so we meet with them as a team to meet those needs, emergency needs, health needs and their mental health needs," Eger said.

"It's mostly the elderly people having the health issues because it was a big impact on them," Gray said.

For those clients, who call The American Red Cross, mental health workers can talk to them over the phone or if needed come visit them.

"If you don't know where to go, call The Red Cross or come to The Red Cross, we have plenty of referrals that we can give you," Gray said.

"The resource people out there, the ones that we send them to, they are just as excited to help as we are, that's why they are there," Eger said.

While residents continue to recover from Isaac, the Red Cross wants everyone to remain observant and alert to mental health problems that could become an issue especially as hurricane season continues.

There is help anytime you need it, if The Red Cross is not open, the organization has a 24 hour National Disaster Distress Hotline, that number is 1-800-985-5990.

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