Does your Hurricane Katrina rebuilding plan include rebuilding your mental health? Maybe it should.
Post-Katrina, there has been additional stress in all of our lives. Katrina may have taken your job, your home, your school, you may be battling your insurance company, living in a small FEMA trailer or struggling to rebuild. Just living amongst our devastated coast is stress in itself.
When left unchecked, stress can cause destruction to your health and well being. Don't let yourself become a mental health victim of Katrina.
- Recognize the stress and it's impact on you and others.
- Find ways to relax and be kind to yourself.
- Talk with family, friends or a clergy person about what you are feeling.
- Allow yourself to feel grief over your loss.
- Have faith that things will improve.
- And recognize that if you can't do it on your own, there are programs, doctors, therapists, and social workers out there that can help you.
Maybe your employer has a mental health program or you can ask your doctor for information, or call the Mental Health Association's hotline at 1-800-273-TALK. The point is to get help.
We all lost a lot of our past to Katrina. It's up to you to make sure Katrina doesn't steal your future.
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