Last year, the University of West Florida (UWF) in Pensacola, FL was awarded a $5.04 million grant to be used over the next five years. The grant was awarded to Glenn Rohrer, PhD, chair of the Social Work Department at UWF. It will help provide mental and behavioral health care to people in the communities most affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Recent studies have shown that a significant need for increased mental health care exists in the Gulf area. This grant will fund both short-term and long-term efforts to address the mental health needs of Gulf residents who have been affected by this disaster.
Who Needs Help?
If you live in the Gulf region, you have probably been affected by this disaster in some way. But how do you determine if you are, or someone you love in Pensacola is, in need of professional help? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration lists some signs of a mental health disorder:
- Disorientation or confusion
- Difficulty expressing thoughts or concentrating
- Becoming frustrated more easily than normal
- Increased guilt and self-doubt
- Depression, sadness and feelings of hopelessness
- Mood swings or crying easily
- Physical issues such as headaches, colds or stomach problems
- Declining work performance
- Reluctance to leave home
- Fear of crowds, strangers or being alone
- Increased use of drugs/alcohol
Get Help Today
If you have been affected by this disaster and are experiencing any of these symptoms, there are steps you can take to receive the mental health care you need. Call this number to learn more about getting the care necessary to heal.