As Siouxland continues to play the waiting game with the Missouri River, an increasing number of residents impacted by the flood are beginning to feel the emotional impact of such a traumatic event. Mercy Medical Center has announced the formation of a program to help flood victims deal with the emotional challenges that lie ahead.
Brian Damon, a therapist with the Pathways program at Mercy Medical Center, says the sixty minute weekly group sessions will begin on Wednesday, June 15. There will be four sessions every Wednesday and the public is invited to attend one or all of the sessions. The topics at each hourly session will deal with specific issues related to the flooding.
11 a. m. to 12 noon Trauma Support Group
12 noon to 1 p.m. General Support Group
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Educational Support Group
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Spiritual Support Group
Each session will be limited to 12 participants. If the need exists to add additional sessions, that will be taken into consideration. The sessions will be conducted every Wednesday at Mercy as long as the need exists. All groups will meet in Suite 360 of the Mercy Central Medical Building at 5th and Jackson Streets. Free parking is available in the Mercy ramp.
While walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration is helpful. You can sign up for one of the flood support group sessions by calling Mercy Pathways at 712-279-2400. These support groups are free of charge to the general public.
Coping with flooding can be daunting, explains Damon. “We are seeing all sorts of reactions to the flooding, said Damon. “The emotions run the gamut from shock and disbelief, anxiety and fear, sadness and loss, anger and even physical symptoms. If our neighbors and friends are dealing with some of these issues, it’s a good idea for them to seek help.”
The group sessions at Mercy will offer participants an opportunity to express their emotions in a safe, non-threatening environment and provide some tips on how to best cope with the challenges they face during this difficult time.
Bob Peebles, the President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center, says the hospital is anxious to help those impacted by the flooding in any way possible. “This outreach by our behavioral health professionals is one of ways we can help those who are really suffering,” said Peebles. “We hope those who need the help step forward and let us show them ways to cope with this trauma. Mercy stands by to do what we can to help.”
For more information, contact:
Jim Wharton, Director of Marketing and Communications (712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682