March 24, 2017

Mental Health Agencies Receive BP Funds

Today BP announced it will give $52 million to help support state and federal mental health agencies across the Gulf Coast. The chart below shows the amount that each agency received – Louisiana tops the chart at $15 million.

Between June 25th and July 1st, Oschner Health Group, a non-profit health provider, conducted a survey across the region that called 406 people to ask about their state of mental health. The survey found that 30% of respondents suffer from “probable serious” or “probable mild-moderate” mental illness. Additionally, the level of distress in Louisiana is higher than during Hurricane Katrina. The survey also found that the leading cause of stress is financial problems.

Mental health agencies receive a needed boost.

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