Critical Incident Stress Management Team available to assist

Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties’ 38-member Critical Incident Stress Management Team is available to assist those dealing with tragedy.

A year ago, officials underwent training to be part of the team, which can provide immediate response when invited and offer debriefing and coping services in times of crisis in the board’s three counties.

Services, which are provided free of charge, include pre-incident stress management education, crisis management briefing, defusing, debriefing, individual support, follow-up and referral, and pastoral care, according to a release.

“When something tragic happens in our community, people are often left with confusion and uncertainty regarding who to contact for support and services,” states information from Mircea Handru, director of Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties.

“This may lead to miscommunication, and in turn, slow the response time in getting the support that is needed.”

The team has volunteers from various backgrounds such as mental health, law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, faith, school and the general public, according to the release.

The team would not respond unless called upon.

Critical incidents, Handru has said, are difficult and emotional and need a structured response.

“Emotions are really high,” he said.

To request the team’s assistance, call (833) 776-2476.

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