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Feds Grant San Diego County $2 Million to Counsel Wildfire Victims

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego County has received a $2 million federal grant to continue providing mental health services to survivors of the October wildfires. The County has been offering special help ever since the disaster. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

The County says it's already provided counseling to more than 3,000 survivors of the wildfires. Officials say the new grant will enable the county to offer those services through the end of the year.

Yvonne Purdy-Luxton is one of 36 County outreach workers that go door-to-door in fire ravaged areas. She says some survivors are having a tough time.

Purdy-Luxton : A lot of what I’m seeing right now, it’s been six months, and I'm seeing a lot of post-traumatic stress. They've gotten through the shock, they’ve gotten partially through the loss, and everything's kind of resurfacing, re-hitting them.

Mental health professionals say it’s not unusual for survivors to have anxiety and depression for months after a disaster.

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.

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