Mental Health Resources and Support
A disaster event such as this historic flooding is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. People can call or text the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline’s toll-free number (1–800–985–5990) and receive immediate counseling. This free, confidential, multilingual crisis support service is available to anyone experiencing distress as a result of a disaster. People who call and text are connected to trained, caring professionals from crisis counseling centers in the network. Helpline staff provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
Available via phone call or text, 24/7/365: 1-800-985-5990
- The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides free, confidential crisis counseling and support to people in distress due to natural and human-caused disasters.
- The DDH is available 24/7, on all days of the year, via talk or text to 1–800–985–5990.
- The line offers support in Spanish (people who call or text should press 2 for this option) and several additional languages other than English. Español: Llame o envíe un mensaje de texto al 1-800-985-5990 (oprima 2 para español)
- People who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have other speech or hearing disabilities can use the texting option or, if they would like support in American Sign Language (ASL), they can call the DDH’s toll-free number via videophone-enabled device or click the “ASL Now” link at the DDH website.
- For more information please also see the Disaster Distress Helpline Summary and the Disaster Distress Brochure.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
People can call 988, text 988, or chat at 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is a source of support available 24/7 to people in crisis, including people experiencing challenging reactions to disasters.