Immediate Crisis Counseling to Those Affected by the Tornado in OklahomaSAMHSA E-mail Updates sent this bulletin at 05/21/2013 11:48 AM EDT
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Immediate Crisis Counseling to Those Affected by the Tornado in Oklahoma
A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. The toll-free Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the violent storms that swept across Oklahoma. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is also available via SMS—text "TalkWithUs" to 66746. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals who provide confidential counseling, referrals to the closest crisis centers, and other needed support services.
Helping Mental Health Responders in the Wake of Disaster
In the aftermath of the devastating tornado in Oklahoma, people will need mental health support as much as medical support. It's crucial to help medical professionals, first responders, family members, and victims both administer or receive the proper psychological first aid.
This mental health awareness toolkit provides first responders—whether they are disaster response workers, parents, caregivers, or teachers—with specific tips for responding effectively to people in the wake of a disaster. The information is meant to help alleviate painful emotions and promote hope and healing.