The House is officially in medicine.
In the weeks following 6 January, the Capitol Rebellion, which left at least five dead, lawmen and their staff in the House of Representatives are seeking mental health counseling.
Paul Tiewsbury, director of the House Office of Employee Assistance, told lawmakers at Thursday’s hearing that his office has provided 760 counseling sessions since the events of January 6 – something he called a “significant increase”.
Tewksbury said there were about 3,000 contacts between his office and the Capitol Hill community in the first half of 2020.
Ongoing results from the coronavirus epidemic have hollowed out the services of the office, although Tiewsbury reported that phone calls were taking place “in huge quantities” for those seeking help.
“There is a lot of tension and anger. … We are validating the sentiments, whoever they are, “Rep. Gerald E. Connolly told the Capitol Hill newspaper.” Interestingly, the people who felt that were the ones who struggled the most They were not physically here. ”