Two Years After Superstorm Sandy: It's Not Too Late to Get Help for Emotional Distress

October 29, 2014 3:19 PM

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Superstorm Sandy was one of the worst natural disasters in the history of New York. Sandy made a devastating assault on New Yorkers -- killing 53 [1]; damaging or destroying more than 300,000 homes and paralyzing over 260,000 businesses. Although the visible signs of Superstorm Sandy's destructive impact have receded as debris has been removed and boardwalks have been repaired, it is important not to lose sight of the less visible emotional distress that many Sandy Survivors continue to experience as the two-year anniversary approaches. Individual, household and business recovery remains difficult for individuals most severely impacted by the disaster.

The effects of not only facing the life threatening storm but the after-effects of displacement, lost income, closed businesses and coping with re-building, mold remediation, insurance disputes and other disruptions continue to have a profound effect on the mental health of those affected. We know f...

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