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.
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.
Some of them are even man-made, as we tragically saw with the recent Colorado movie theater shootings," said Christian Burgess, Director of the Disaster Distress Helpline.
"The psychological impact these events have on many of those who experience them illustrates the need for a hotline like ours, with the capacity to provide Houstonians with year-round disaster crisis counseling and support right when they need it," said Burgess.
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