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Counseling After Pulse

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A bill to expand workers’ compensation coverage to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder is getting a hearing Tuesday in Tallahassee.

After the Pulse nightclub shooting, mental health organizations mobilized to provide counseling. The mental health association of Central Florida used a grant to create a new program to help people affected by the shooting with free mental health counseling. Now, they’re looking for funding to keep operating. Yasmin Flasterstein from the Mental Health Association of Central Florida joined 90.7’s Matthew Peddie to talk about the program. 

“We definitely had a huge influx of people needing services and needing culturally competent services,” said Flasterstein. “Counselors that spoke Spanish and therapists that also understood LGBTQ cultural competence.”

The nightclub shooting hit especially hard in Orlando’s Latino community. Matthew Peddie also talked with Elba Rivera and Jessica Heredia from Hispanic Family Counseling of Orlando about their response to the tragedy. 

Elba Rivera helped with individual’s PTSD and is still working with clients. “Some of them were able to make it through the first couple of months, but as the anniversary comes up, they start getting anxious. A lot of things are happening. They’re remembering things that they didn’t remember before,” said Rivera.



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