August 29, 2006
One year has elapsed since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast. The region has barely recovered. This is especially true for people with serious mental illnesses. Access to care for those with pre-existing disabilities was poor even before the disaster; since then, hundreds of thousands of people also have found themselves contending with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. NAMI offers a compilation of news stories that convey the scope of what is an ongoing disaster.
The Storm Lingers on: Katrina's Psychological Toll from Time Magazine
Special on Katrina: One Year Later from NPR
Mental illness up among Katrina survivors: study from Reuters News
Emotional devastation surfaces from Katrina from USA Today
Visit NAMI's Hurricane Katrina web site that includes a downloadable Resource Guide for those affected by the hurricane.