Need a crisis counselor? How to get help

Stress, anxiety and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has issued the following information on free services for people seeking mental health support after Hurricane Irma.

NAMI Helpline
This is a free service that provides information, referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public.

The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The number is 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).

Crisis Text Line
Text NAMI at 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
This is a 24/7, 365-day-a–year, national hotline hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

It’s a toll-free, multilingual and confidential crisis support service available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

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