Louisiana Spirit crisis counselors continue to go door-to-door in select communities where they are offering crisis counseling services to individuals and families who were impacted by the floods of last August.

These efforts began shortly after the floods and will continue for several more months. Team members provide crisis counseling, and information on resources and services that are available. Louisiana Spirit team members can be identified by their brightly colored shirts (blue, yellow, orange or red) with the Louisiana Spirit logo on the front. All team members wear state-issued identification badges that are worn visibly.

Nicole Coarsey, program coordinator for Louisiana Spirit and the Department of Health, says many people don’t realize the service is available and are surprised that counselors actually go door-to-door.

“In many neighborhoods, residents might be reluctant to open their doors to a stranger, but we have found this is a very effective way to reach people who are still dealing with the stress and hardships that a major event, such as the flood, can cause.” said Coarsey. “Our counselors are trained professionals who are familiar with the communities they serve and they are dedicated to helping residents with their needs.”

Crisis teams are active in the following parishes: Acadia, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermillion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

“If residents need assistance, they do not have to wait for a home visit. They are encouraged to call our 24/7 crisis line at (866) 310-7977,” Coarsey added.

Louisiana Spirit Crisis Counseling is a program on the Louisiana Department of Health. Commonly referred to as "Louisiana Spirit,” the program was activated following the August flooding to offer emotional support and crisis counseling to people who are recovering from the flood.

Louisiana Spirit is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is under the auspice of the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health in Baton Rouge.

Do you need someone to talk to? Crisis counseling is available 24 hours a day by calling the Louisiana Spirit line at (866) 310-7977.

The Louisiana Department of Health strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state residents. To learn more about LDH, visit www.ldh.la.gov. For up-to-date health information, news and emergency updates, follow LDH's Twitter account, Facebook and blog.