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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, learn about the mental health resources available for free.

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. 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 211 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 


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