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


Crisis counselors in Baldwin County have reported finding significant depression and anxiety and even failed marriages linked to the summer-long oil spill.

“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.

Counselors conducted random interviews last month with 494 people and business owners in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Foley. Riggins said that half of those respondents were invited to begin treatment for the issues that they described. ...

“It tells me the problem is continuing to exacerbate,” Riggins said.

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