Christian Burgess, L.M.S.W.Director of the Disaster Distress Helpline
Christian Burgess, L.M.S.W., worked for over 10 years in youth violence prevention and trauma intervention before entering the field of disaster behavioral health.Prior to becoming the Director for the Disaster Distress Helpline in December 2011, he served as the Training Coordinator for the Oil Spill Distress Helpline, helping to launch that project in 2010.Immediately before coming to Link2Health Solutions (the administrators for SAMHSA of the Disaster Distress Helpline), Christian served as the Director of School Programs for Safe Horizon, one of the nation's largest service providers to victims of crime and abuse, including working on post-9/11 recovery with impacted communities.At Safe Horizon, Christian also served on the agency's Community Trauma Response Team & worked as a part-time child and adolescent therapist at their Counseling Center.
"Many people affected by Sandy are still experiencing overwhelming feelings of frustration and hopelessness" says Christian Burgess, Director of the national Disaster Distress Helpline at Link2Health Solutions, a subsidiary of MHA-NYC.
Officials are now preparing for a new wave of calls from people struggling with depression and other mental health issues, said Christian Burgess, director of the Disaster Distress Helpline, a national crisis hotline run by the federal government that provides a network of trained counselors in the aftermath of a major disaster.
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