Under the CHCC’s Community Guidance Center, Crisis Counseling Program You, Us, Together, United’s (CCP-YUTU) mission is to help survivors of Super Typhoon Yutu recover, rebuild, and revive through educational and empathetic outreach. Since December 2018, outreach teams on Saipan and Tinian have worked tirelessly to empower survivors in helping them understand their reactions to the disaster, connect with community resources, and engage in healthy coping strategies. CCP-YUTU is on track to exceed their service delivery target, and has already provided individual, family, and group counseling services to over 18,000 survivors. Over 160 presentations were conducted at local schools, first responder agencies, and many other community organizations and events. It has been an honor and privilege to help the communities of Saipan and Tinian make great progress towards recovery; building resilience through improved behavioral health for storms to come.
As a temporary disaster relief program, CCP-YUTU will come to a close on February 11, 2020. Though Super Typhoon Yutu has been the most devastating storm to ever hit our islands, program staff have been humbled by the community’s cohesion, inherent resilience, and acceptance into their homes. While progress has been made, CCP-YUTU recognizes that there are still unmet physical and behavioral health needs within the community. Individuals and families still in need of services are encouraged to continue connections with other local government and non-profit agencies who may assist in their recovery process. If you or a loved one continues to experience emotional distress, you can call SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUS to 1-212-461-4635 (available 24/7, 365 days a year). Continuity of disaster behavioral health services through the Community Guidance Center will also remain through the upcoming Disaster Case Management Program. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. On behalf of CCP-YUTU, Si’ Yu’us Ma’ase yan Ghilisow for allowing us to serve our community.