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Genesee Health System offering mental health support for explosion victims

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Genesee Heath System offering mental health support for explosion victims

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Often times mental health needs can be overlooked following a tragedy like the house explosion on Hogarth.  

Jen McCarty, Senior Director of Clinical Performance and and Innovation at Genesee Health System says it is not only those who are directly impacted by the event, but even those who have witnessed it who could be suffering from trauma.

The explosion happened around 9:30 p.m. Monday on Flint's west side was felt and heard for miles.
It left two people dead, including a small child. Dozens of families were displaced and several homes completely leveled. By all accounts it was a traumatic event.
"If they were personally impacted they will be deeply emotionally impacted," said McCarty.
Even those who were not personally impacted could be suffering a mental health response to what they have seen or heard according to McCarty.
"It is very natural for us to empathetic and caring, but also experience our own secondary injury or secondary traumatic stress related to those incidents."
People with prior experiences with trauma are more susceptible to having secondary traumatic stress.
"Any adult teens children who have experienced any past trauma especially veterans definitely should reach out for additional help, because it can bring those past events and those past feelings up even if they are not exactly the same," she said.
Genesee Health System offers 24 hour mental health support, even on holidays, to anyone in Genesee County. Support is offered via video chat, telephone or in person. You can reach them at 810-496-5500.  The agency also offers text message based support - you can access that by texting FLINT to 741741

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