If you or someone you know is negatively impacted by the flooding in Southeastern Louisiana, please know that we are here to help. Any or all of the following are reasons to seek counseling at this time:
- You are personally impacted by the loss of your home, possessions or loved ones.
- You are experiencing sadness or anxiety remembering loss from Katrina or other storms.
- You are overwhelmed with feelings of secondhand trauma from the news, social media, or losses suffered by friends and/or family.
You may be experiencing difficulty sleeping, flashbacks, increased vigilance, feelings of hopelessness, or anxiety about the future. While these responses are normal, it doesn’t make them pleasant or comfortable. Make an appointment at the UCC if you’d like help managing some of these feelings, or if you just need a safe space to talk.
Call 504-865-3835 to make an appointment. If you need to speak with a counselor immediately, ask to speak to the counselor-on-call, or press 1 after hours.
In addition, Optum, a leading health and behavioral health services company, is offering a free emotional-support help line.
The toll-free number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone. Specially trained Optum mental health specialists help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.
Remember: you are not alone, and we are here for you.