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Aspire continues free counseling for storm victims, seeing increase

Hundreds of storm victims are still suffering from January's tornadoes. (Source: WALB) Hundreds of storm victims are still suffering from January's tornadoes. (Source: WALB)
Babs Hall is the Aspire Corporate Compliance Officer. (Source: WALB) Babs Hall is the Aspire Corporate Compliance Officer. (Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB) (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Five months later and hundreds of January storm victims are still suffering. The good news is there is free help available. 

Aspire Behavioral Health has been helping thousands of victims since January. 

Recently, it has seen an increase in patients.

Staff members have been going door-to-door throughout Dougherty and Worth County. 

Folks at Aspire said many victims are dealing with the normal stages of grief. 

Immediately after the storm passed, it was a shock. Then they experts say victims were in a 'honeymoon phase' seeing all of the volunteers helping them. Now many are falling into deep depression. 

It ranges from kids to adults. 

"We're seeing just as many children affected as we are adults," said Babs Hall, the Aspire Corporate Compliance Officer. "The children may manifest their behaviors in problem behaviors, or difficulty concentrating, anxiousness."

Hall said many clients are having trouble sleeping. Many have anxiety when the skies become dark. Others can't shower because the sound reminds them of rain. 

Staff have different recommendations depending on what kind of stress people are having. 

Hall said she recommends most people to keep the same daily routines.

"Have a consistent bedtime and a consistent wake time. Even during the weekends. That just helps people maintain that normal wait time as much as possible," said Hall. 

Grants from FEMA and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) fund the counseling. 

If you want to learn more about the different types of counseling you can call Hall at (229) 43-6037 or send an email to information@albanycsb.org. 

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