Earle Irwin, a retired clinical nurse specialist, is back on Ocracoke for six months to counsel people post-Dorian.

Through funding provided by the Outer Banks Community Foundation, the Ocracoke Interfaith Relief and Recovery Team has secured the services of mental health professional Earle Irwin to keep regular hours on Ocracoke for the next six months to provide mental health support and education to residents in need beginning today (Monday, Feb. 10).

Irwin will keep the following hours at the Lifesaving Church:
Mondays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fridays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Appointments are not required but are recommended. Walk-ins are welcome.

On days the Ocracoke Strong Kitchen serves lunch, Irwin will be available at the Community Center from 11 a.m. to noon. In the event that these hours overlap with her scheduled time at the church, her Community Center hours will take precedence.

For appointments and questions, please reach Irwin at 703-863-1243.

These hours will be maintained for the remainder of February, with possible re-evaluation and adjustment in March to best serve the community. Irwin had previously been on the island as a counselor last fall.

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