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Disasters, Emergencies, and Mental Health

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or thoughts of self-harm, call (or text) 9-8-8 to speak to a trained counselor.

The words “disaster” and “emergency” refer to natural catastrophes, accidents or human-caused events that result in severe property or infrastructure damage, deaths and/or injuries.

Any disaster or emergency can impact your mental health and sense of well-being.

Just as we take steps before, during and after disasters to maintain our safety and physical health, we can take steps to support our mental health as well.

New York State Office of Mental Health – Mental Health Resources During an Emergency
Disaster Distress Helpline – SAMHSA Phone: 1-800-985-5990
9-8-8 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline:  988 offers free 24/7 access to trained counselors who can help people experiencing emotional distress. If you or someone you know needs crisis support, dial 988 (call or text) at any time.
Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746
TTY: 1-800-846-8517

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