You can read about the history and effects of Hurricane Katrina at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_katrina.
Information about what the government is doing to help victims of Hurricane Katrina can be found at www.hhs.gov/katrina.
Images of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina at National Geopgraphic's Image Gallery of Katrina's Aftermath.
A number of blogs have been created to present personal testimonials of hurricane survivors, such as www.hurricanekatrina.org.
Many websites have been created by relief agencies either to provide information, requesting donations, or both. You can search for examples of these on the web.
In addition to the oral histories of the Hurricane Katrina Community Advisory Group, a number of other oral history projects have been established to document the experiences of people who lived through Hurricane Katrina. Some of these projects continue to recruit people to tell their stories, while others do not. Some have posted stories on line, while others have not. Among the most important of these oral history projects are the following:
I-10 Witness Project
Reports or Project Available at: http://www.mondobizarro.org/blog/?page_id=716
Louisiana Folklife Program: In the Wake of the Hurricanes
The project forms are still available to all online. An overview of
the coalition project is available at http://www.louisianafolklife.org/LT/Articles_Essays/LFMinthewake.html
Contact:Dr. Susan Roach
The Katrina Video Ethnography Project
Contact: Wesley Shrum
Hurricane Digital Memory Bank
If you would like to talk with someone about your mental health, please contact one of the agencies listed below:
The Federal Government has set up a help line for people who are experiencing emotional problems of any kind. Anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, problems with anger or with alcohol or drugs, and problems with other emotional problems are all within the purview of the people who staff this help line. You can contact their 24-hour support line at 1-800-273-TALK or you can visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America maintains a referral service for mental health professionals that treat people with PTSD and other kinds of anxiety disorders. You can contact their information and referral line Monday through Friday from 9:00AM until 5:00PM EST at (240) 485-1001 or you can visit http://www.adaa.org/.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance maintains a referral service for mental health professionals that treat people with depression, grief reactions, and manic-depression. You can contact their information and referral line Monday through Friday from 10:00AM until 6:00PM EST at 1-800-826-3632 or you can visit http://www.dbsalliance.org.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. There are NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education. You can contact their information and referral line Monday through Friday from 10:00AM until 5:00PM EST at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or you can visit http://www.nami.org/.
The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research, and service. You can contact their information and referral line Monday through Friday from 9:00AM until 5:00PM EST at 1-800-969-NMHA (6642) or you can visit http://www.nmha.org/.
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