Helping Your Family - Disasters or other Traumatic Events
Disaster Mental Health Assistance
Call the NJ Disaster Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-294-4357 for individual counseling and psychiatric emergency referral as well as to request disaster mental health counselors.
Another resource is the federal Disaster Stress Help-Line at 1-800-985-5990 operated 24/7 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration which provides emotional support to individuals. Counselors can be accessed via text as well.
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Exposure to disasters and other traumatic events can leave members of your family frightened, confused and insecure; whether experiencing the event directly, seeing it on television or hearing about it from others.
You can help your family to better cope with the situation by taking simple actions, such as:
Seeking Additional Help
If after one month of witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event you or your loved ones are still suffering from symptoms of stress or stress interferes with the functioning of your family, you should consider seeking professional help. To find help you can contact 1-800 LifeNet a 24 hour, 7-days-a-week crisis hotline. LifeNet staff are mental health professionals who speak a variety of languages:
You can also visit their website at www.mhaofnyc.org