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Disaster Distress Helpline: A Number Worth Saving!

I cannot write today without mentioning Typhoon Haiyan.  It is hard to put into words my feelings in response to a disaster of this magnitude.

Are you still recovering from Hurricane Sandy?  If so, the tragedy in the Philippines may trigger overwhelming anxiety, nightmares, and other signs of emotional distress.

Do not suffer in silence.  The Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990);  TEXT:  “TalkWithUs” to 66746) is available 24 hours a day/seven days a week.  A real person is waiting to talk to you.

I just called 1-800-985-5990.  The following information is current:

Disaster Distress Helpline staff includes people who speak Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese as well as English.  If  a caller  speaks another language, staff  will find an interpreter.

For example, Tagalog is the language spoken in the Philippines.  Do you know someone who speaks only Tagalog?

If so, make the initial contact with the Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) for them.  They will be hooked up with someone who can translate from Tagalog to English.

The Mental Health Association of New York City and their partners provide a valuable and inclusive service–not just in times of disaster, but all the time.  I feel grateful for the good they do.