PTSD Counseling Center to Be Set Up in Ansan

A counseling center will open this week in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province, where most of the victims of the ferry disaster came from.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare on Monday said the center will operate for the next three years to help with the victims, their families and other residents there.

In 2011, the government built a similar center in the southwestern city of Gwangju for W13 billion (US$1=W1,035) to provide counseling to those affected by the bloody suppression of the democratic uprising on May 18, 1980.

According to the ministry, the Ansan center will be staffed with over 20 counselors and psychiatrists and operate a 24-hour hotline for counseling services. They will also make house calls to help the disaster victims and their families as well as provide education to teachers and students of 52 secondary schools in the city.

The government is also mulling over establishing a national center for PTSD at the Seoul National Hospital. Similar centers exist in the U.S. and elsewhere.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 29, 2014 12:24 KST