Following a Disaster

Counselling and Support Available for Adults, Children and Families Affected by Fires

Coping with a disaster can be difficult. You are not alone. Stress, anxiety, and depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster for both children and adults.  Getting help as soon as possible is the best way to protect your long-term mental health.

Services are available to help you and others cope with reactions or feelings about the fires, including neighbors, family members, responders and others. If you or someone you know is in emotional distress, please reach out now for help:

Mental Health Access Hotline:  Call (800) 854-7771 or text “LA” to 471471 to find immediate help or access local mental health services.  This 24/7 multilingual LA County hotline also enables disaster victims to receive screening, assessment, referrals and crisis counseling over the telephone.

Para cualquier pregunta relacionada con el manejo del estrés y problemas de salud mental, comuníquese con nuestro departamento de salud mental al numero (800) 854-7771

Here are some other resources that might be of help:

Access LA County Social Services:  Call 211 or visit www.211la.org for 24/7 help in finding disaster services, support or referrals you or your family may need during or after a disaster.

Disaster Distress Helpline:  Call (800)-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.  This national, multilingual hotline is provides immediate crisis counseling for people experiencing distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

Mental Health and Stress After an Emergency:  This one-page resource can help you identify common reactions and what you can do for you and your family.

Helping Kids Cope: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers resources for helping children handle a wildfire disaster and offers tools like an activity guide for children and teens who face evacuation in a disaster. You can also download the Help Kids Cope Phone App for Apple or Help Kids Cope Phone App for Android.

Coping with Disaster:  This brochure offers additional resources and advice.

Recursos en Español: Explora estos recursos en español para ayudarte a comenzar una conversación sobre la salud mental con miembros de tu familia y tu comunidad.

Salud Mental y Estrés Después de Una Emergencia

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