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    October 6 & 7

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*URGENT* NEED FOR DMH VOLUNTEERS

The Red Cross needs you. Hurricane Irma has already ripped through Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Martin, and the rest of the Caribbean and is now barreling toward a weekend collision with Florida and the Eastern Seaboard.

We are appealing to all Red Cross Disaster Mental Health (DMH) volunteers to please, if possible, make themselves available in Disaster Relief Operations. The Red Cross in our state will need to activate tremendous resources in support of operations here and throughout the Southeast. We will generate these resources even as many of our volunteers are unavailable because they are deployed in Texas for Hurricane Harvey. Beyond responding to the direct effects of Irma, the NC Red Cross will also be opening shelters and taking on other relief operations for the anticipated influx of evacuees from Florida and elsewhere.

We need volunteers to update their availability status immediately. Click here for a tutorial video that walks you through the steps to do so on Volunteer Connection.

NB: The Red Cross can no longer accept applications from DMH volunteers who are not already trained by and registered with the Red Cross. We need more professionals like you to join the Red Cross as DMH volunteers. Please – take the opportunity to prepare for the next Harvey or Irma now by training and registering with the Red Cross.


NCPA CONDEMNS BIGOTRY AND VIOLENT PROTEST

The recent events in Charlottesville have occurred in the context of increasing polarization in political views throughout the country that is accompanied by anger and resentment. It also comes at a time when several minority groups are feeling increasingly threatened by the actions of government and nongovernmental parties. These factors have caused an increase in stress and anxiety among the citizens of our country, including North Carolina. NCPA condemns the racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, and anti-gay attitudes shown by many demonstrators in Charlottesville this past weekend. NCPA opposes discriminatory violence against others and mourns the loss of life that resulted from militant, organized bigotry. We are concerned about the increase in adverse psychological impact on both the targets and perpetrators of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. Click here to read the full NCPA statement.


APA RESPONDS TO CHARLOTTESVILLE VIOLENCE

In light of the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, the American Psychological Association (APA) has shared with the media and others information on understanding the effects of traumatic stress and the normal responses that may follow abnormal events to help people cope with their thoughts and feelings. Click below for the information:

www.apa.org/helpcenter/disaster/index.aspx

In addition, APA sent a letter to the Honorable Michael Signer, Mayor of Charlottesville, expressing its condolences and offering support during this extremely difficult time. Please click below to read the letter.

www.apa.org/news/press/response/charlottesville-violence.aspx


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