The emotional toll that disaster brings can sometimes be even more devastating than the financial strains of damage and loss of home, business, or personal property. Here are some resources to help you and your family recognize the signs of stress/anxiety and cope in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:
New York City residents experiencing emotional distress as a result of Hurricane Sandy can access free, confidential crisis counseling 24/7 through the city's only accredited, multi-lingual, free and confidential crisis hotline. LifeNet is run by MHA-NYC and supported by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline answered by a network of crisis centers across the U.S. MHA-NYC's crisis contact center, which also responds to local LifeNet callers, provides help for eastern regional callers to the Disaster Distress Helpline.
All calls and texts are confidential and toll-free and are answered 24/7 by trained crisis counselors from call centers throughout the U.S. The Disaster Distress Helpline also connects callers and counselors in 100+ languages via interpretation services.
1-800-985-5990 (Phone) 1-800-846-8517 (TTY)
Text: 'TalkWithUs' to 66746 (Spanish speakers can text 'Hablanos' to 66746)
Suggestions from FEMA and CDC on coping with disaster.
Check with your health insurance carrier – you may be eligible for support through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).