Mental Health Impacts Persist Five Years After Start of Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

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To understand how environmental disasters impact mental health outcomes, researchers surveyed nearly 2,000 residents from Flint, Michigan five years after the onset of the water crisis. Approximately one quarter of respondents met diagnostic criteria for depression (22%) and posttraumatic stress disorder (24%) within the past year. Despite the community’s growing need for psychological care, just over one third of Flint residents (35%) were offered mental health services. Individuals with prior exposure to traumatic events were also more likely to report higher rates indicating the cumulative effects of trauma. The findings emphasize the need to advocate for psychiatric support for victims of environmental disasters. To learn more, see the study in JAMA Network Open.
 

About Mental Illness

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

What is Recovery

Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives.

We’re Here to Listen

In Crisis?

You can chat one-to-one online at:
www.Foundation2CrisisChat.org
Online & texting chats are available from 9am-3pm M-F. All contacts are confidential.

Call the NAMI Helpline at

1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Or in a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741

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