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Day of Reflection for West Residents

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The resilient people of West are still recovering from last April's explosion, but they don't have to do it alone. 

The national response team of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance was in West on Saturday for a day of rest and reflection.

About 25 people of all ages showed up to the West Community Center to hear about taking care of yourself after a disaster.

They also found comfort in sharing their own stories and hearing from other residents in the community. 

The group wrote down common themes they heard and put them all on a wall like a quilt.

Sandra Price of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance says this was a way to show the unity between everyone who lives in West.

"People are having a chance to tell their stories, to recognize common and normal signs of stress and to learn some ways to heal from that stress," Price said.

Dr. James Ellor, counseling professor at Baylor University has been helping the West community ever since the explosion. He says lingering feelings of stress are completely normal.

"I would be more concerned if people weren't feeling these things at this stage than the fact that they are..." Ellor said. 

He says a recent survey done in West showed that about 40-50% of residents are still showing signs of stress.

If you or someone you know needs to talk, call 254-366-0259. This will connect you with a professional, local counselor for free.

The local assistance line is available from 8:00AM to 8:00PM and you can call anonymously.

For help after hours, call the national Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990

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