Coping With a Disaster
Disaster Mental Health Resources
Following a disaster, when many people have suffered great losses, it is normal to feel sad, angry, or nervous.
Some who have experienced a disaster may have bad feelings right away. Others may not notice a change until much later, after the crisis is over. It can take time to feel better and for things to return to normal, especially with so much loss. Many people find support and comfort by talking to family members, close friends, doctors, nurses, and religious leaders. Sometimes, help from mental health professionals may be needed.
Links to CDC resources and those of other organizations are below. Individual experiences and needs may differ, so some sites may be more helpful to some than others.
Mental Health Information for Individuals and Families
Coping with Traumatic Events
Provides general information regarding common reactions to expect after disasters.
Managing Stress During the Gulf Oil Spill
Disruptions in normal life due to the oil spill can cause stress for people living and working on the Gulf Coast. This document provides ways to manage the stress.
Mental Health Services in the U.S. by State
These links provide information on mental health agencies and private organizations in each state.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The following links are from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
After a Disaster: Self-Care Tips for Dealing with Stress
This fact sheet helps those affected by disasters understand what has happened, recognize signs of a need for stress management assistance, and learn ways to ease stress.
- Recovering Your Mental Health: Dealing with the Effects of Trauma: A Self Help Guide
Physicians and First Responders
Psychological First Aid for First Responders
This brochure provides information on promoting a safe and calm environment for people during and after a disaster.
Psychosocial Issues for Children and Families in Disasters: A Guide for the Primary Care Physician
This manual assists primary health care providers to prepare, assess, and treat children and their families in the event of a disaster.
Relief Worker experiences and needs may differ, so some sites may be more helpful to some than others.
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