At least two suicides linked to BP disaster — “If it wasn’t for my children, I probably would have already committed suicide” says shrimper (AUDIO)

“To be honest with you, I would say that my husband would hurt himself… Cause he’s never not been able to provide for us. To see my husband cry over not being able to take care of us, it worries me.” … Read more >>

Shrimper/War Veteran contemplates losing kids after losing everything else — Wife says “He’s taking this harder than he took Iraq, and he was at death’s door” (AUDIO)

Bayou La Batre, Alabama — “We are very, very close on the edge of losing everything,” says Aaron Hofer, Lena’s husband, holding back tears. “But, you know, God feeds the birds. How much more does he love us? I have to tell myself that, like, 100 times a day.” … Read more >>

“Problem is continuing to exacerbate” — 50% of all people survey on Alabama coast “invited to begin treatment”

“We’re hearing many stories of financial ruin and people losing everything they worked for,” said Robin Riggins, executive director of the Baldwin County Mental Health Center. … Read more >>

Doctor: “Dead people don’t talk, dead people don’t sue, dead people don’t tell the truth, and dead people don’t bother BP”

Gulf Shrimpers Wonder: “Are We Next on the Extinction List?”, OnEarth, November 8, 2010:

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Still Rising: “Increase in people seeking mental health care in recent weeks” and “the money has already run out in south Lafourche and Grand Isle”

Mental-health care still a need locally, Houma Today, October 25, 2010:

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BP cleanup worker stabs roommate in stomach while he slept (VIDEO)

BP Worker Arrested in Stabbing, WEAR-TV, September 28, 2010:


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Depression diagnoses up 25.6 percent along Gulf from Florida to Texas — Officials say rate may still increase further

Gallup: 25 percent hike in depression along Gulf, Associated Press, September 28, 2010:

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Pharmacist: Something is “making people behave differently” — more and more with “thick throats” and headaches, nausea

Stress of oil spill still lingering in Orange Beach, Press-Register, September 27, 2010:


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Preschoolers troubled by oil disaster “throwing desks, kicking chairs” — “With this, people do not have hope” says day-care center operator

Oil gusher is dead, but not residents’ anguish, Associated Press, September 27, 2010:


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42 PERCENT of patients at Gulf Coast Mental Health Center affected by oil disaster — Mental health problems “like a VIRUS that’s spreading” says counselor

Oil gusher is dead, but not residents’ anguish, Associated Press, September 27, 2010:


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CDC survey of Gulf residents finds 50% of households experiencing respiratory issues within the PAST 30 DAYS — Feds suggest to “focus on mental health”

After oil spill, depression and stress levels rise in coastal Alabama, Press-Register, September 27, … Read more >>