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Providing Psychological First Aid to Those Affected by the Violent Storms Across Northern Texas
In the aftermath of the violent storms sweeping across northern Texas, people will need mental health support as much as medical support. Therefore, 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.
Crisis Counseling, Referrals to Treatment, and Resources
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 northern Texas. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is available 24 hours a day, seven 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.