Maintaining good mental health practices during a natural disaster can be vital to the recovery process. This is also true of recovery workers who often suffer from secondary trauma during major disaster events. We have compiled just a few of the best resources that we’ve found for those recovering from or responding to a natural disaster.
- Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a–year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
- Crisis Text Line offers free 24/7 crisis support via text message. Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
- NAMI HelpLine is a free service that provides information, referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., ET. The number is 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
- Magellan Crisis Line is a 24-hour crisis line for all residents of Texas. The toll-free number to access free, confidential counseling services is 1-800-327-7451.
Digital Fact Sheets
- Warning Signs and Risk Factors for Emotional Distress
- Coping After Disaster/Trauma
- Disaster Distress Helpline
- Tips for Survivors: Coping with Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress
- Tips for Health Care Practitioners and Responders: Helping Survivors Cope with Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
- Psychological First Aid for First Responders: Tips for Emergency and Disaster Response Workers