MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) — It’s been a week today since the New Year’s Eve shooting in Mobile left one dead, nine injured and dozens fleeing for their lives. Police department partners with mental health providers for those in need following unprecedented violence at Moon Pie Drop.
“When you go through trauma, it can have a ripple effect, it can affect your work and family life, it can affect you in many ways, and it can lead you down a really bad path if you don’t see services. Victim advocate Brandi Batiste said a police department news release called it “healing the trauma of a violent event.” Various Communities He brings groups together to provide people with the help they need—services that sometimes feel out of reach or out of reach.
“Mental health is covered by insurance, and when it’s not covered, providers can work on a sliding scale and pay as little as $25 for a counseling session,” said Trista Stout-Walker of United Way in Southwest Alabama. One of the goals of such events is to overcome the stigma associated with seeking mental health services.
“There was a misconception that talking to yourself was only for crazy people,” said Reba Pendelton, of the Mobile County Health Department.
Saturday was the first of at least two sessions for everyone at Mobile affected in some way by the New Year’s Eve shooting on Dauphin Street a week ago. To connect people to services and groups that can help. On New Year’s Eve, a man was killed, nine injured and dozens displaced. These gatherings are for anyone experiencing trauma that manifests in common forms such as fear, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and sleep disturbances.
The next outreach event will take place this Wednesday from 3-6pm at MPD’s first precinct on Dauphin Island Parkway.
The link to community resources is to dial 211. This link will connect you to MPD’s Victim Services Unit.