Mental health professionals called in to help first responders of Surfside collapse

SURFSIDE, Florida. – After almost two weeks, first responders worked tirelessly for days to find victims at the collapse site of the former Champlain Towers South.

The rescuers were confronted with physical, mental and emotional exhaustion due to hours of strenuous work each day and their dedication to the relentless search for missing people.

“We are here, we are on site, our employees work 12 to 15 hours a day and we will continue to do everything we can to support the efforts,” said Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett, explaining his courageous commitment.

This is why mental health professionals are called in to help out our heroes.

“I don’t think that no matter how much you train for something like this, you can ever be mentally prepared for it,” says psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Bober.

Now officials are making sure there are always mental health experts on site.

“Not only are you under pressure to find potential survivors, but you are also under pressure from families to know, ‘Maybe you are not working fast enough,'” explains Bober. “These are just people, and these are people who are risking their own lives, both physically and mentally, to accomplish this task. So for me they are all heroes. “


Bober explained to Local 10 News how to deal with a disaster of this severity.

“It’s something that just leaves a whole in our hearts,” adds Bober. “When we see tragedy like this, we are reminded of the fragility of life. We need to turn this tragedy into a positive – maybe we need to hug who we have just a little tighter and realize that at the end of the day your life is determined by human connections.

Family and friends of the victims have been waiting desperately for news – good or bad – since Tuesday.

“The wait and wait is unbearable,” says Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava.

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