As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, city leaders hope to increase awareness of crucial mental health services available to people in need.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu teamed up with the Metropolitan Human Services District to show off their mental health mobile unit, which will travel to all "Katrina 10" events over the next few weeks.
Landrieu warns that even the most seasoned New Orleanian can experience some depression when remembering the trying times that followed the storm, especially as the memories are made fresh.
“These images are going to bring you back to that,” Landrieu said, “I don't know if any of you have experienced that in the last couple weeks as you see images on TV, it just takes you back involuntarily and I think it's just important for people to be aware of it and to be very sensitive about it not only yourselves but your family members.”
Orleans Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse also cautioned residents to watch out for neighbors, friends and family. Health experts said several people experience PTSD related to the catastrophic storm and show signs of depression.
“We will be seeing images we will be really experiencing those images those emotions so if those emotions overwhelm you or overwhelming loved one or behaviors crop up that may need some assistance reach out it is not a moral failing to reach out,” Rouse said.
Health experts ask anyone who needs help to call (504) 568-3130.
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