Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
SAMHSA is a branch of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. Our staff members provide counseling and support before, during, and after disasters and refer people to local disaster-related resources for follow-up care and support.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is staffed by trained counselors from a network of crisis call centers located across the United States. These counselors provide:
This crisis support service is for anyone experiencing emotional distress related to disasters such as:
The Disaster Distress Helpline also answers calls and texts related to infectious disease outbreaks, such as the Coronavirus pandemic, incidents of community unrest, and other traumatic events.