Fears are growing of an increase in stress related illness and mental health problems from the BP oil disaster. Thousands of Gulf Coast fishermen and businesses are facing financial ruin because of the spill. Some say the stress is worse than when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005.
After Katrina there was hope that it would be possible to get back to work despite the destruction. With this BP oil matter it is impossible to say when waters will reopen especially since oil continues to gush into the Gulf.
At the same time, many fishermen now rely on BP’s cleanup program as a financial lifeline and while that has provided a windfall for some business owners, others have yet to find employment.