Mental health resources for tornado victims and survivors
Often the physical, mental and emotional trauma of living through a natural disaster has various effects on the mental health of survivors. Dr. Joseph Ackerson, a professor in UAB's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, compiled the following list of mental health resources. These resources are a good starting point to finding out what kind of help is out there for tornado survivors.
Alabama Psychological Association (www.alapsych.org or 334-262-8245) for available resources including a list of licensed psychologists throughout the state of Alabama
Alabama Red Cross
Children's Behavioral Health at Children's Hospital
Local churches (do not hesitate to call even if you have not been to church for many years- they are wanting to reach out and help whomever they can).
Catholic Family Services
Local Mental Health Centers
Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR)
Ackerson and Associates (205-324-8499)
For people that have had a concussion/brain injury, the Alabama Head Injury Foundation (www.ahif.org) and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services.