Resources for Coping

For Those Experiencing Distress

The Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746) provides immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with many problems arising from the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. You can also access the Helpline’s website - www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov - or follow on Twitter at @distressline.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline is a 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource 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.  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.

SAMHSA also operates a treatment locator (www.samhsa.gov) where people can find information about local mental health and substance abuse treatment services in their area as well as information on coping with violence and traumatic events.