Children First: Wesley House Offers Counseling

By: Sheila McLain
By: Sheila McLain

People displaced from their homes due to recent storms may suffer emotionally for some time to come.

It could be even worse for children, who might not understand why their lives have been changed.

Wesley House Community Center in Meridian has four counselors available free-of-charge to help children and adults deal with the mental and emotional stress.

"There's acute stress disorder, which may occur within a month of a stressful, traumatic event. A natural disaster is something that will cause post-traumatic stress disorder," said Carla Horne, a licensed professional counselor. "Then there is the delayed onset, which is someone who has been through a trauma and six months later they begin to have symptoms of nightmares, inability to sleep, have problems eating, flashbacks of the event."

Horne says delaying the treatment can even affect a child's school performance, causing anger and agitation, and symptoms mirroring ADHD.

You may contact The Wesley House for an appointment at (601) 485-4736.

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