Healthy Habits: Resources available to those recovering from Hurricane Dorian

Published: Nov. 19, 2019 at 8:18 AM EST
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It's no secret that dealing with hurricane recovery is one of the most stressful times in someone's life.

For many people in the east, it's been one hit after another, after Hurricanes Dorian, Florence and Matthew all swept through and devastated parts of the area in the past three years.

That's why nurses and social workers with Vidant Health are now providing resources to help those dealing with the aftermath. Members of the Behavioral Health Team partnered with Trillium to send doctors, counselors and nurses to Ocracoke to canvass the area and see what the needs are.

Practice manager at Vidant Behavioral Health Janet Joyner, RN, says the social workers and therapists meet with patients in their homes to be a listening ear and let them know the support available to them.

Social worker with Vidant Health Eric Hedberg reminds that you don't have to be a medical professional to help care for someone's mental well-being. He says family, friends and neighbors play an important role in helping people cope.

Professionals also say holding emotions in can complicate the road to recovery and stress the importance of the road to recovery.

The Behavioral Health Team is still making trips to Ocraoke to help with recovery efforts.

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