Disasters can lead to emotional distress in those that
experience them. Survivors living in the impacted areas (including
children and teens), loved ones of victims, and first responders,
rescue & recovery workers are all at risk.
Feelings such as overwhelming anxiety, constant worrying,trouble
sleeping and other depression-like symptoms are common responses to
disasters and traumatic events (before, during and after the
event), although reactions can vary from person-to-person. Most
people that experience disasters are able to 'bounce back' in a
short period of time, but others may need additional support in
order to cope and move forward on the path of recovery.
The Disaster Distress Helpline provides year-round, 24/7 phone
and text-based crisis counseling to anyone who is experiencing
emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters within
the U.S. and territories. Anyone experiencing distress and having
difficulty coping can reach out to us at any time for