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Disaster Distress


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  • The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the country, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support.


  • The SAMHSA DDH website has a page dedicated to Incidents of Mass Violence distress risk factors and warning signs and resources for coping http://1.usa.gov/1FoyCwz


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  • SAMHSA Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers http://1.usa.gov/1D8mkrW

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  • SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center’s Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series: Resources for behavioral health providers, others supporting those impacted by terrorism: http://1.usa.gov/1XQ6cLb

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  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) compilation of resources for parents, caregivers & educators regarding terrorism http://bit.ly/1OjMXpG

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  • American Psychological Association (APA) Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting http://bit.ly/1dO88P8

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