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Coping With a Disaster or Traumatic Event

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR TRAUMAS & DISASTERS

The effects of a disaster, terrorist attack, or other public health emergency can be long-lasting, and the resulting trauma can reverberate even with those not directly affected by the disaster. This page provides general strategies for promoting mental health and resilience that were developed by various organizations based on experiences in prior disasters.

Disaster Distress Helpline

  • If you are experiencing signs of distress as a result of a disaster, the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling and support.
    • Call 1-800-985-5990
    • TTY for deaf/hearing impaired: 1-800-846-8517
    • Text TalkWithUs to 66746

Information for Individuals

Information for Parents and Families

Information for Teachers and Schools

Information for Responders

Information for Health Professionals

Information for States and Local Health Departments

Effects of Stress

Suicide Prevention

Coping during Specific Types of Emergencies

Natural Disasters

Hurricanes

Terrorist Events

Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

Other Resources


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