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Counseling service for flood victims available

Friday, June 13, 2008

TERRE HAUTE -- An effort between the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions, Task Force 7, Hamilton Center, Inc., and The American Red Cross is underway to provide counseling services to individuals affected by recent flooding.

Teams of mental health professionals were recently activated for potential response in eight District 7 counties, including Vigo, Parke, Vermillion, Sullivan, Greene, Owen, Putnam and Clay, to provide services to those individuals who were displaced from their homes due to flooding.

"Mental health teams have been trained and certified to respond with psychological first aid and crisis counseling to disaster victims and responders," DMHA District 7 Team Leader, Task Force 7 Mental Health Coordinator and Executive Director of Administrative Services at Hamilton Center Mel Burks said. "We are very fortunate in District 7 to have the combined efforts of these agencies to serve individuals' mental health needs during this difficult time."

In addition to the work being done in the eight counties, a crisis counseling hotline was set up by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions. Those interested may call 1-866-679-4631 for mental health assessments or to learn about additional resources.

For more information, contact Shelly Shearer, Director of Marketing, Hamilton Center, Inc., at 812-231-8320 or e-mail sshearer@hamiltoncenter.org.



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