Mental Health and the Missouri River Flood
How to relieve stress and when to get help
PIERRE, S.D. -- When an individual is exposed to a traumatic event, such as the Missouri River flood, it is important to be aware of how it can affect you personally.
“Most individuals affected by a large disaster like the Missouri River flood will show signs of stress; which is normal,” said Dennis Pfrimmer, CEO of Capital Area Counseling. “It is important to remind ourselves, friends, families and neighbors that over time the stress levels will decrease and that we need to help each other by monitoring our physical and mental health needs during and after the flood.”
What you, friends, families, neighbors should know:
Capital Area Counseling is coordinating the local behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) crisis response with support from surrounding communities and other statewide partners. Individuals and families who have been impacted by the flood and are dealing with stress, anxiety, fear and other behavioral health issues are encouraged to seek professional assistance. Counseling is currently available at no cost to those who are being impacted by this disaster in Pierre and Fort Pierre.
If you need help in coping with this disaster, please contact Capital Area Counseling today. All information is confidential. Individuals and families can also contact the South Dakota Department of Social Services’ Division of Community Behavioral Health toll free at 1-800-265-9684 for additional information on behavioral health issues.
About Capital Area Counseling: Capital Area Counseling has been providing services since 1968. They are accredited by the State of South Dakota as a mental health, addiction treatment and child welfare agency. Capital Area Counseling has clinical staff available to serve children, youth, adults and seniors in the following counties: Buffalo, Haakon, Hughes, Hyde, Jones, Lyman, Potter, Stanley and Sully Counties.