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The Hidden Toll of a Natural Disaster: Why Mental Health Needs Often Go Unaddressed

 

When Natural Disasters Became National Disasters

The federal government hasn’t always paid out after natural disasters. In today’s Academic Minute, part of Union College Week, Andrew Morris looks at one late senator who made this change. Morris is an associate professor of history at Union. A transcript of this podcast can be found here….

 

The Hidden Toll of a Natural Disaster: Why Mental Health Needs Often Go Unaddressed

Rebuilding after a natural disaster is taxing financially, physically and emotionally. Stress can last for days, even years, and while physical needs may be addressed, mental health issues can often go undetected.

That’s where Panama City, Florida resident Melissa Anderson found herself.

“Really just pushing myself to get out of bed every day, because even when you build yourself up to the point of, ‘OK, I’m going to get my day going or my week going,’ you walk out of the front door and you look and it’s just complete devastation everywhere,” she told CBN News.

Her family lost everything when category five Hurricane Michael ripped through the panhandle in October of 2018. Anderson didn’t realize that the heaviness she’s felt since then was actually anxiety and depression…

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