Disaster Mental Health Teams are currently providing support in many shelters around the state and are mobilizing to assist in FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers over the coming days, weeks and months as needed. These locations will offer free face-to-face disaster crisis counseling.
In addition, the Disaster and Terrorism Branch provides informational materials about coping, and partners with the Mental Health Association in New Jersey to offer assistance through a toll free Disaster Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-294-HELP (4357). A TTY line is available for persons who are deaf and hearing impaired at 1-877-294-4356.
The federal government also has a Disaster Distress website and helpline that provides 24 / 7 crisis counseling and support resources available at 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUS to 66746.The federal Helpline is staffed by trained counselors from a network of crisis call centers located across the U.S., all of whom provide crisis counseling for those who are in emotional distress.
To help New Jersey residents as they cleanup homes and businesses after Hurricane Sandy, the Department of Health has public health experts available through the state’s 2-1-1 system to answer questions about food and water safety and mold removal.
To reach public health experts, call 2-1-1 or 1-866-234-0964. Public Health officials are available 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 5 pm on weekends. The 2-1-1 human services hotline is open 24 / 7.
Click here for the SAMSHA Disaster Distress website.