A Mental Health Coordinator Helps People Recover From Disasters in Florida


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From broken buildings to uprooted trees, extreme weather can leave behind a lot of visible damage. But there is invisible damage, too. Many survivors face mental health struggles after a storm.

“They’ve experienced traumatic loss, fear, displacement. It’s very traumatizing, and that’s an abnormal feeling,” says social worker Darcy Abbott. “And people need reassurance that it’s normal to feel that way — an abnormal event has occurred — and that there’s resources and support there … and that they will be resilient and they will get through this.”

Reposted with permission from Yale Climate Connections.

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