As the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, it’s easy to see how much has been rebuilt and how much still needs repair. It is not easy to see the longest lingering damage, nor how much healing is still ahead.
Senior Correspondent Mike Schneider spoke with NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director of Disaster and Terrorism Branch Dr. Adrienne Fessler-Belli about the impact from the storm on mental health. Fessler-Belli said the impact to mental health after Sandy has prolonged recoveries.
“One of the ways individuals recover is that they can go back to their routine,” said Fessler-Belli “With Sandy, there was so much devastation and destruction, it was difficult. They can’t get back to their homes, they can’t get back to some of their businesses. So the routine that often helps people, has now kind of stopped.”
Fessler-Belli also said that Hurricane Sandy victims cannot get back to their routines because they are still struggling and are overwhelmed. She also said that victims are not alone and that there are resources for help.
Learn more about mental health issues that are still lingering after Hurricane Sandy on The State of NJ’s Health: Living in Sandy’s Shadow, a town hall event airing on NJTV Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. The episode will be available online here after airing.