Behavioral Health Resources to Prepare, Respond, and Recover from Disasters
The unpredictable and destructive nature of natural disasters often leave individuals severely impacted, both physically and psychologically. It is not unusual for those experiencing a disaster to show signs of stress and feel a variety of emotions - many of which are common responses to a difficult situation. Recent weather events, including floods, hurricanes and wildfires, have left many communities in our region and beyond, as well as the first responders and behavioral health providers who support them, in need of resources to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Below are MHTTC developed resources, as well as those from other reputable organizations, including SAMHSA, that may be helpful in supporting the resiliency of individuals, families, and communities after experiencing a natural disaster.
- Mental Health Response to Disasters: Natural Disasters (Part 1)
- Mental Health Response to Disasters: Human-Created Disasters (Part 2)
- Mental Health Response to Disasters Fact Sheet
- Use of Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) for Assessing Mental and Behavioral Health
- Navigating the Aftermath of Natural Disasters
- Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery Program
- Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
- Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) offers publications, tip sheets, and other resources for disaster behavioral health professionals.
- Disaster Mobile App is designed to support responders in meeting the mental health and substance use-related needs of disaster-affected communities. It can be used to access preparedness and response resources and find local mental health and substance use disorder treatment services for referrals.
- Treatment Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems.
- American Psychological Association
- National Center for School Mental Health: Helping Students Cope with the Preparation and Aftermath of Natural Disasters
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Disaster Resources