LSUHSC assessing oil spill mental health needs
The LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans has a state grant to assess Louisiana residents' current and long-term mental health needs caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The medical school's department of psychiatry will interview about 1,500 adults, some by phone and some in person, in St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Lafourche, and Terrebonne parishes.
LSU says interviews by phone won't take more than 15 minutes, with in-person interviews taking at most 45 minutes.
Everyone will get referrals and information about available resources.
Those given the longer assessments will also get educational literature.
Some of the interviews will be random.
To get detailed information about affected areas, LSU plans additional interviews of people in fishing, oil and tourism.