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Mental health awareness approaching Camp Fire anniversary

Action News Now spoke with a mental health counselor who works with first responders.

Posted: Nov 6, 2019 5:17 PM
Updated: Nov 6, 2019 5:27 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The importance of mental health care is too often overlooked, according to advocates. 

Mental health counselor Katy Luallen works with first responders. As November 8th approaches, she says she has received more calls for support than before. 

"The anniversary affects how we feel about things generally. I think there is a collective sadness. Its important to recognize that our body remembers trauma, even though we may not be aware of it," said Luallen. 

"We're having this huge event and we have triggers, and if we allow ourselves to be human, which is important, we can recognize that stuff and not think, I'm not over it, you know."

Luallen says it's important to recognize the signs, and if you are struggling this week, to reach out to someone. 

"The thing that helps humans most is connection. That, generally for most people is what helps us feel safe. There's nothing wrong with struggling. That's part of the human condition. What hurts us is when we don't recognize it and deal with it. When we do recognize it and deal with it, that's when we tend to heal."

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