Hurricane Florence Welcome Back Health Tip

Hurricane Florence Welcome Back Health Tip Sponsored by Domino’s

We wanted to share some information with everyone from the NCDHHS:

Behavioral Health After Hurricane Florence

North Carolinians will continue to experience the impacts of Hurricane Florence long after the storm leaves. DHHS is working diligently to support North Carolinians on their way to a full recovery – mind, body and belongings.

Disasters are stressful and there is no right or wrong way to feel. People can experience a wide range of emotions and stress manifests differently in different people. Signs of distress can include: changes in sleep, appetite, energy or substance/medication use and physical manifestations such as headaches or stomach aches.

Certain people, such as children or those with an intellectual or developmental disability, may find it especially troubling to be forced out of the stability of their community and their daily routine.

The state, local health care providers, and volunteer organizations are making every effort to bring care and comfort to those in need.

How to get help immediately:

  • The national Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year resource dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield has arranged for free crisis behavioral health support. 
    o    For Magellan, call 1-800-327-7451.

Other help and resources from DHHS and partners:
Behavioral health clinicians across the state and beyond have been mobilized to work in our shelters and in our communities.
The state is in the process of applying for additional community outreach support through the federal crisis counseling program.

Note:  All Health Tips are just suggestions, and our at the discretion of the reader to use accordingly.

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