Disaster Distress Helpline Provides Counseling to People Affected by Severe Storms
A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the severe storms making their way through Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, DC, Kentucky, and Virginia. The Helpline is a 24/7 resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or man-made disaster or tragedy.
Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. The helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services.
“When disaster strikes, people react with increased anxiety, worry and anger. With community and family support, most of us bounce back. Some may need extra assistance to cope with unfolding events and uncertainties,” says SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. “People seeking emotional help in the aftermath of a disaster can now call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 and begin the process of recovery.”
— Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration