Florida Blue Offers Grief Counseling at St. Pete Pride Weekend

Posted on Jun 22nd 2016 by Christie DeNave

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Telephone and in-person counseling services available for both English and Spanish speaking individuals.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Florida Blue, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health and Metro Health, Wellness & Community Centers, is offering support to individuals affected by recent tragic events in Orlando during the upcoming St. Pete Pride weekend, June 25-26.

Grief counselors will be available in person at the Metro LGBT Welcome Center, located at 2227 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, on Saturday, June 25, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, noon to 5 p.m. The counseling sessions are free of charge to anyone in need of assistance coping with the Orlando tragedy, whether or not they are Florida Blue members.

The company also is providing the community with access to specially trained behavioral health counselors via a 24-hour, toll-free help line: 800-843-6514. The help line is free of charge to anyone statewide and is available to both English and Spanish-speaking individuals. 


About Florida Blue

Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, is a leader in Florida’s health care industry. Our mission is to help people and communities achieve better health. Florida Blue has approximately 4 million health care members and serves 15.5 million people in 16 states through its affiliated companies. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.FloridaBlue.com.

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Christie DeNave

Christie Hyde DeNave is a Senior Media Relations Consultant for Florida Blue devoted to serving Central Florida, Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida. She has worked around the globe with local, national and international media for nearly 20 years representing organizations such as the U.S. Olympic Committee, NASCAR, AAA and the State of Florida. In her free time, you’ll spot Christie cheering on the Clemson Tigers and serving on the Clemson University Alumni Council.

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