Resources for Dealing with the Effects of Trauma

Informational & Therapeutic Resources - Disaster and Trauma Related

Disaster Distress Helpline (a project of SAMHSA, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Phone: 1-800-985-5990
Text: ‘TalkWithUs’ for English or ‘Hablanos’ for Spanish to 66746
The Disaster Distress Helpline is the only national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone and SMS to anyone in the U.S. experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals who provide counseling and support, including information on common stress reactions and healthy coping, as well as referrals to local disaster-related resources for follow-up care and support.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information on emergency preparedness and post-event coping resources.

The American Red Cross
Tips for taking care of your emotional health after a disaster.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Information to help you cope after a disaster.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 
Tips for talking with and helping children and youth cope after a traumatic event.

Informational & Therapeutic Resources - General

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center 
P.O. Box 42557
Washington, D.C. 20015
(800) 789-2647 (voice)

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) (formerly the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association)
730 N. Franklin Street
Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610-3526
(800) 826-3632

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Special Support Center Colonial Place Three 2107 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
(703) 524-7600

National Empowerment Center
599 Canal Street
East Lawrence, MA 01840
(800)-power2u (800)TDD-POWER (TDD) (978)681-6426 (fax)

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse
1211 Chestnut Street
Suite 1207
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(800) 553-4539 (voice) (215) 636-6312 (fax)

National Technical Assistance Center (NATC) National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors 66 Canal Center Plaza
Suite 302
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-739-9333 (voice) 703-548-9517 (fax) is a listing of federal, state, and other websites for mental health agencies.
Institute for Mental Health National
Information on trauma recovery available in English and Spanish

The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care

The American Red Cross
Disaster relief and preparedness materials in 15 different languages. 
Referrals to local Red Cross offices.

Actors Fund's Health and Health Insurance resources

Your State Office of Mental Health
Websites provide resources for referral as well as online and hard-copy publications.

Your City Dept. of Mental Health
Referrals to local resources and government-supported programs

You may also contact your state consumer advocacy network/agency. Find it by looking under Mental Health in the Yellow Pages of your phone book.