August 16th, 2010
03:41 PM ET

BP to fund mental health programs in the Gulf

BP announced Monday that it will provide $52 million to fund mental health programs across the Gulf Coast.

The announcement comes after BP was criticized for not responding to the mental health needs of people affected by the oil that began gushing  from the company's rig the Deepwater Horizon in April.

"As part of our determination to make things right for the people of the region, we are providing this assistance now to help make sure individuals who need help know where to turn," said Lamar McKay, president of BP America in a press release. BP officials say over the past few weeks, they have been gathering information from federal and state health officials and mental health groups to determine the needs of the community.

The money will go to fund both federal and state programs.  For a complete list, click here.

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  1. steven

    BP should be forced to pay dividends from future oil projects for the next 50 years to all the communities effected by the oil disaster.

    August 16, 2010 at 17:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • steven

      This is on top of the billions they will have to pay, as im sure even billions will not sufficiently fix all the damage they have done to the whole region.

      August 16, 2010 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
  2. nonovyerbeezwax

    I currently see a therapist for my eating disorder. I eat about 4,000 calories a day in nothing but grease and sugar. This disaster in the gulf has made it worse for me. I keep eating and eating because of depression! I need help because I can't even bathe myself anymore. Mental health programs are vital in my situation and this one too.

    August 16, 2010 at 19:42 | Report abuse | Reply
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    August 16, 2010 at 20:02 | Report abuse | Reply
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