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Jun 30, 2010 2:00 PM by Veronica White

State Wants Mental Health Help from BP

The state of Louisiana is asking again for BP to fund some mental health help for those impacted by the oil spill.

Local counselors are noticing more and more people coming in for therapy, as the reality of their struggle settles in.

"We're seeing an increase in anxiety disorders, we're seeing general anxiety, stressors," says counselor Jimmy Reaux of Aucoin & Associates.

On Monday the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals asked BP for help for the second time.

Health Secretary Alan Levine says: "the requested $10 million will support six months of continued outreach activities... and provide a needed spectrum of therapeutic and psychiatric services."

Psychology practices see more people coming in who are directly and secondarily impacted by the spill.

"Secondary would be people that are economically impacted, concerned about their jobs-- not knowing what you're going to be doing, most people don't know how to deal with it," says Reaux.

The crisis hotline is also getting calls.

If you need help you can call the crisis line at 1-800-437-0303 or the suicide prevention line at 1-800-273-TALK.

 

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