Following a Disaster

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 during or after a disaster. 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 741741 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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