Clean up continues in Eastern North Carolina following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. The stress is enormous for those dealing daily with the damage and loss caused by the storm.
Resources for those struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns are available. They include:
- Eastpointe provides care in 12 counties in the state’s eastern region. Along with their website, information is available by calling 1-800-913-6109.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers crisis counseling and support through the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or by texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746. Residents who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990. Assistance is also available in Spanish, call 1-800-985-5990 and press “2” or text “Hablanos” to 66746.
- Trillium Health Resources provides mental health services in 24 eastern NC counties.
One of the major ways that we forget to take care of ourselves during a tragedy is our mental health. Let us remember that taking time to pray, give hugs, be kind, smile, help others, share in a meaningful conversation, and grieve losses is just as important as eating to nourish our bodies. And let us be sure that those who need them are aware of the professional services available to provide support during this difficult time.