Louisiana asks BP for $10m for mental health immediately



Alan Levine, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, has sent a letter to BP CEO Doug Suttles asking for an immediate $10 million to combat depression from the Gulf oil spill:

Our Louisiana Spirit crisis counseling teams have already engaged and counseled almost 2,000 individuals in the affected areas, and are reporting palpable increases in anxiety, depression, stress, grief, excessive drinking, earlier drinking and suicide ideation.

Levine concludes: "Due to the urgency of this request, we ask for a response no later than one week from your receipt of this letter." No word back yet from BP.

You can get your own copy of the letter here.

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