Stress, anxiety and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.
The Disaster Distress Helpline, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
The support service is confidential, toll free, multilingual and available to all residents in the United States. It is available 24/7, 365 days a year.
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is staffed by trained counselors from a network of crisis call centers located across the country. These counselors provide:
• Crisis counseling for people in emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster
• Information on how to recognize distress and its effects on individuals and families.
• Tips for healthy coping.
• Referrals to local crisis call centers for additional follow-up care and support.