BlueSun Helping Community Response for Flint, Michigan Lead Water Crisis
June 28, 2016
Flint, Michigan — BlueSun, Inc. announced today the launch of MyFlintStrong.com, a new web-based community resilience program that is designed to help those experiencing difficult thoughts or emotions in relation to the lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan. MyFlintStrong.com, offers an interactive platform for teaching skills people can use to help overcome the trauma, stress, and anxiety created by events such as the water crisis. Although the site is not intended to replace professional counseling, it can be a useful self-help tool for affected individuals. It offers detailed information about common responses to events like this; what they are; how they affect each person differently; how recovery works; specific ways people can aid in their own recovery; and how to avoid common negative behaviors.
The site is BlueSun’s latest implementation of its My Trauma Recovery application, created by psychological trauma expert and BlueSun Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Charles Benight. It represents the first release of a new interface designed to be more responsive to tablets and mobile devices. This latest release of My Trauma Recovery also includes updates for accessibility designed to make the web application more user-friendly for visually and hearing impaired individuals by implementing screen reader compatibility and an e-book version of the content.
“We are proud to be helping the people of Flint and be a part of this community response,” said new BlueSun Chief Executive Officer Todd Player. “People in the community have experienced such an awful period of time where something as basic as drinking water could have been causing significant harm. While the water supply recovers to a safe level, difficulty in dealing with these events can linger for a long time for some people and we are glad that the community has chosen to incorporate our program as part of the response to help reach people using an online resource. This allows people in the community to access help for difficult thoughts and emotions at a time and place that is convenient and comfortable for them. We hope this will help be an important part of the rebuilding process for the community.”
To access this community resilience resource, point your web browser to www.myflintstrong.com. Flint residents can also call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to talk with a counselor. The helpline can provide immediate confidential counseling to anyone who needs assistance.
Todd Player, CEO