November 23, 2005
from the Georgia Division for Mental Health
ATLANTA - The Georgia Division for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases (MHDDAD) has launched Project Hope, a crisis support program targeted to evacuees experiencing emotional stress in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Project Hope will be administered statewide through 11 Community Service Boards, as well as Behavioral Health Link, a 24-hour information and referral hotline. It is estimated that 90,000 evacuees currently reside in Georgia and may be in need of counseling.
The program is funded through a grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to partner with Georgia in developing a statewide program to assist disaster survivors. "We are finding that many Hurricane Katrina evacuees are experiencing a combination of reactions including confusion, fear, and hopelessness," said Gwen Skinner, Director for MHDDAD. "These are normal reactions to a traumatic situation. However, for those who are experiencing prolonged symptoms, we are providing 24/7 counseling through the 1-800-273-TALK helpline."
Evacuees can call at any time from anywhere in Georgia to talk to a trained worker who will listen and provide the caller with immediate access to professional counseling services in their area. Information is also available in Spanish. Hurricane Katrina evacuees, as well as families and friends who are supporting them, are eligible for assistance. Outreach services and counseling are also provided in homes, malls, and churches.
Here in Southwest Georgia the American Red Cross has been working the last couple of days to prepare for the storm. The American Red Cross has been getting their relief supplies ready across the 19 county region.More >>
With Memorial Day around the corner, one Southwest Georgia military fraternity decided to host a blood drive in honor of fallen soldiers and to give back to the community. Psi Delta Tau Military Fraternity Incorporated held the event at a neighborhood Wal-Mart to help those in need.More >>
The weather didn't stop one Albany church from having a nice southern barbeque. St. James Missionary Baptist Church held their third annual 'Unity in the Community BBQ event' Saturday. They gave away hundreds of food and clothing items.More >>
Ahead of heavy rain showers and winds projected for our area, the Georgia State Patrol said there's not as many travelers on the roads during this holiday weekend. "So far I think this attributed to the weather and gas prices being so high, it seems that in our area of the state, traffic has been down some," said Trooper Christopher Jewell, GSP Post 40.More >>
The first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season makes its debut before the season officially begins.More >>