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Who can I ask for support to help me cope after a disaster?

Experiencing a disaster can leave people feeling like life will never be the same. Asking for support may sometimes feel uncomfortable, but seeking assistance can help you better recover. Sources of assistance could include:

  • a healthcare provider
  • a pastoral care counselor
  • a mental health professional
  • your employer's employee assistance plan (EAP), if they have one
  • your city health center
  • the local mental health clinic
  • local hot lines
  • mental health specialty and advocacy groups
  • mental health associations

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

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