Mental health experts know that while physical damage after Hurricane Irma is still visible for all to see, the stress from job loss, home displacement and needed repairs, and loss of belongings or loved ones can remain invisible and linger and appear weeks or months after a traumatic event.

Unsolved problems caused by disasters can wear people down emotionally. Changes in routines may cause adverse reactions: fatigue, anger, depression, stressed family relationships, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, headaches, nausea, hyperactivity, inability to concentrate and increased alcohol and drug abuse. Seeking help at the outset has been proven to reduce the risk ofmore serious mental health problems down the road.

NAMI CC is honored to have been selected as the singular awardee to operate the nationally recognized Project HOPE (Helping Our People in Emergencies) outreach model for both Collier and Lee counties, beginning January 1, 2018 through October 30, 2018.  We anticipate serving a minimum of 3,000 children and family members, with a focus on the hardest hit areas of Collier and Lee Counties, including Immokalee, Golden Gate, and the Everglades / Chokoloskee/ Copeland / and Plantation and Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres Alva and sections of Ft. Myers communities.

Our approach is “neighbors helping neighbors” – and our two teams include 12 indigenous bi-lingual outreach workers, headed by a team leader and community liaison for each county recruited directly from the communities being served. Project HOPE is designed not only to provide emotional support and immediate referrals for additional support services, but to also work in concert with other local mental health and medical facilities, community groups and voluntary organizations to fully maximize the available pool of resources needed for long-term recovery and well-being.

PROJECT HOPE ABC7 Special Report Before the Storm

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