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Coping With a Disaster

Disaster Mental Health Resources

Following a disaster, when many people have suffered great losses, it is normal to feel sad, angry, or nervous.

Some who have experienced a disaster may have bad feelings right away. Others may not notice a change until much later, after the crisis is over. It can take time to feel better and for things to return to normal, especially with so much loss. Many people find support and comfort by talking to family members, close friends, doctors, nurses, and religious leaders. Sometimes, help from mental health professionals may be needed.

Links to CDC resources and those of other organizations are below. Individual experiences and needs may differ, so some sites may be more helpful to some than others.


Mental Health Information for Individuals and Families

Coping with Traumatic Events
Provides general information regarding common reactions to expect after disasters.

Managing Stress During the Gulf Oil Spill
Disruptions in normal life due to the oil spill can cause stress for people living and working on the Gulf Coast. This document provides ways to manage the stress.

Mental Health Services in the U.S. by State
These links provide information on mental health agencies and private organizations in each state.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

The following links are from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


Physicians and First Responders


Relief Workers

Relief Worker experiences and needs may differ, so some sites may be more helpful to some than others.

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