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Seeking Emotional Support after Disaster Hits

During times of sadness, fear, and anxiety, there are many resources for emotional support available. If you or someone you know is experiencing distress or feeling overwhelmed by painful emotions related to recent events, experienced crisis counselors can be reached at New Jersey MentalHealthCares Helpline, toll-free at (866) 202.HELP (4357). A TTY line is also available at (877) 294.4356.   

Crisis counselors are available to provide outreach and education services about coping with the emotional difficulties in the aftermath of catastrophic events. Those interested in the services may call the helpline number.

National Support for Children

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is a unique collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of childhood traumatic experiences, and attention to cultural perspectives, the NCTSN serves as a national resource for developing and disseminating evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services, and public and professional education. Visit their website to access fact sheets pertaining to how best to assist children dealing with trauma and loss.

Local Support is Available

By searching the NJ 2-1-1 database using the term "mental health" you can access a full list of mental health categories. Click on the category that most closely reflects your needs and you will be provided with a listing of local resources offering related services.

Reference Library

Links to printed materials on coping with crisis, for caregivers, teachers, and organizations follow. Please feel free to print and distribute these brochures and fact sheets, for you and your family, school, church, community or organization.

Coping with the Emotional Impact of Disasters - English (pdf), by the DHS/DMHS Disaster & Terrorism Branch 

Be Red Cross Ready: Taking Care of Your Emotional Health after a Disaster (English pdf)

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress 

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors