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. The following links provide general strategies for promoting mental health and resilience for adults and children 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

This information is provided by Emergency Preparedness within the Department of Public Health.