Disaster and Emergency Resources

Natural disasters are incredibly difficult to prepare for. They take lives, destroy homes and separate families. At NAMI, we define putting your life on hold to combat emergencies as a catastrophic stressor. Catastrophic stressors are:

  • Unexpected
  • Dangerous or threatening to yourself or others
  • Unlike any earlier experience

This type of stress can have a profound emotional impact on the people affected. It especially has an impact on those with disabilities. For people with mental illness, natural disasters can be life-threatening on many levels. There is usually little time to prepare and people may not have all the information they need or think to take their medication with them. These issues can heighten catastrophic stress even further.

It’s important to do what you can to help those who may be experiencing a mental health crisis in addition to the crisis at hand. As much as possible, take care of yourself and others and be aware of the stress that you and your loved ones may be experiencing. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. There is help out there.

Call or Text

  • Disaster Distress Helpline. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. This 24/7, 365-day-a-year, multilingual and confidential national hotline is dedicated to offering immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Available to all U.S. residents and its territories.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Crisis Text Line. Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.
  • NAMI HelpLine. Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M–F 10 a.m.–6 p.m., ET for free mental health information, referrals and support.

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One hundred percent (100%) of funds raised to support hurricane relief efforts through the month of September will be used to help restore the capacity of NAMI State and Affiliate organizations to serve the individuals and families affected by mental illnesses in their communities.

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