This installment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series focuses on the disaster behavioral health impact of tornadoes. The Featured Resources page provides direct links to tornado-specific materials and resources for special populations such as children, older adults, persons with disabilities, and first responders. The Links to Organizations and Agencies page connects the user to groups that provide disaster assistance.
This installment is organized as follows:
The Disaster Distress Helpline is the Nation's first hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free helpline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is available via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to U.S. residents who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or man-made disaster.
For information on suicide prevention, or if you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org .
Last updated 5/23/13
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