PATRIA is a mental health services project that fosters the recovery, quality of life, and empowerment of citizens after the 2017 hurricanes. It also aims to develop the ability to prepare for future natural disasters by creating effective support systems, promoting therapeutic compliance, and logging vulnerable or high-risk individuals.
The aim of the interdisciplinary approach is to offer comprehensive services to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of those who have been affected by the 2017 hurricanes and, in the future, by any other natural disaster—children, teenagers, adults, seniors, and vulnerable or special populations.
To reach this goal, PATRIA will offer the following services: diagnostic and psychological assessments; individual and group counseling; psychotherapy; strengthening of the support system through individual and group psychoeducational interventions; and support for the adherence to treatment.
The agreement establishes the allocation of $1.210 million granted by HF for a one-year period, of which $450,000 has been assigned to fund stipends for 50 graduate students who will work with the project. These students will receive specialized professional training in trauma management post-disaster and during recovery. The goal is to continue offering these services in an ongoing way. Fundraising efforts are being planned for the second year going forward.
The State of Mental Health in Puerto Rico
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please request assistance immediately to:
Línea PAS de ASSMCA: 1-800-981-0023. Carr.# 2 Km 8.2 Bo. Juan Sánchez, Antiguo Hospital Mepsi Center, Bayamón
Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Red Nacional (TALK): 1-800-273-8255
Centro de Control de Envenenamiento (Poison Help): 1-800-222-1222
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