LYONS - Mental Health Partners will open a drop-in help center in Lyons to aid residents who are coping with emotional distress related to the September flooding.

The center at 329 Main St. will open Thursday, Dec. 12. The center is in a room at Ferg's Inn, donated by owner Craig Ferguson.

The Drop-in Help Center at Longmont's First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 805 Third Ave., has closed.

In addition to the new center in Lyons, Mental Health Partners has two others in operation: 1333 Iris Ave. in Boulder, with limited Spanish-language services at this location; and OUR Center, 303 Atwood St., Longmont, with English and Spanish-language services available.

The hours for all drop-in centers are noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 720-415-9740.

"We decided to reallocate our staff to where there was a greater need," said Janine D'Anniballe, Mental Health Partner's director of emergency and community services. "The traffic had slowed at the Longmont location, and we wanted to have a greater presence in the mountain communities, so we are sending staff to Lyons."

Each drop-in center is staffed with a case manager and a clinician. The case manager assists people with finding resources, such as housing and rental assistance, food, clothing and the replacement of lost articles. The clinician provides emotional support and helps people normalize their feelings.

"People are exhausted and drained physically and emotionally," D'Anniballe said. "When a catastrophic event like this flooding occurs, people often experience a wide range of distressing emotions. Our trained staff help flood survivors process feelings and explore ways of coping with the current circumstances."

No appointments are necessary to visit the centers, and the first three visits are free. Starting Dec. 17 the center in Boulder will be offering a flood support group from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The group will not meet Dec. 24 or Dec. 31 and will resume Jan. 7.