Hurricane Ian mental health help is available in Southwest Florida and officials are encouraging residents to take advantage of it. Nearly 50 million people in the United States are living with mental health issues according to Mental Health America. And that is on a regular basis. Throw in a traumatic event like Hurricane Ian, and even those not dealing with these issues are struggling.

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Hugs are powerful. Some health experts say they lower stress among other benefits.

The number things causing distress are too numerous to mention. Everything from the sound of the wind, to the smell of rotting debris, to the visuals of the destruction. And we haven’t even touched on the personal loss experienced by so many people.

Some of the disaster relief centers in Southwest Florida offer some sort of mental health services. Other organizations are embarking on community outreach programs. They are going out into various neighborhoods and gathering places, offering services and lending an ear to anyone who just needs to talk.

Besides mental health assistance, there are a variety of issues to navigate in wake of Hurricane Ian. Everything from FEMA to electric to food and water. Here is a comprehensive list on where you can find the resources you need throughout your hurricane recovery. And finally, below is a list of organizations with people standing by to support your mental health through this stressful time.

Please, take time to take care of yourself.

 

  • NAMI Collier County

    NAMI is offering a variety of services from peer support to pantry items to showers and laundry. If you are feeling overwhelmed and need to talk to someone call the WAM Line at 1-800-945-1355.

  • Elite DNA Behavioral Health

    Elist DNA has several locations in Southwest Florida, each one staffed by behavioral and mental health care professionals.

    • Fort Myers – Metro: 4310 Metro Parkway, Suite 205, 239-223-2751
    • Fort Myers – Plantation: 6430 Plantation Park Court, Suite 200, 239-223-2751
    • Naples – 2230 Venetian Court, Suite 1, 833-362-7935
    • Port Charlotte – 3191 Harbor Blvd., Suites A-B, 941-883-4518
    • Venice – Open for telehealth appointments only, 941-244-4377
  • Healthcare Network

    Healthcare Network has numerous locations in Collier County as well as a community outreach team that has been canvasing neighborhoods, offering assistance.

    • Marion E. Fether (MEF), 1454 Madison Ave. W., Immokalee
    • FSU College of Medicine, 1441 Heritage Blvd., Immokalee
    • Nichols Community Health Center Golden Gate, 12655 Collier Blvd., Naples
    • Children’s Care East (CCE ), 6350 Davis Blvd. #1001, Naples
    • Children’s Care North (CCN), 1265 Creekside Parkway, #208, Naples
    • Family Care North (FCN), 1265 Creekside Parkway, #206, Naples
    • Family Care iTech (FCIT), 508 North 9th Street, #142, Immokalee
  • SalusCare

    **UPDATE (102022) SalusCare suffered some building damage from Hurricane Ian. They had been working around it but insurance adjusters are forcing them to temporarily suspend operations until they can figure out payments, repairs and such.

    The SalusCare office at 3763 Evans Ave in Fort Myers sustained some hurricane damage but it is open for mental health services. Telehealth is also available. Treatments and services here are not determined on ability to pay.

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