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.