Disaster Distress Helpline Provides Crisis Counseling and Help to People Affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy

The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with many problems arising from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

The Helpline is a 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a man-made or natural disaster tragedy. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence or any other tragedy affecting America's communities.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers.  The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services.

Access the Disaster Distress Helpline at http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/.