SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
"The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that provides 24/7/365 crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text "TalkWithUs" to 66746) are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the country, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support." Disaster Distress Hotline Brochure
Disaster Mental Health Resources
The following Fact Sheets were compiled by the ACA Traumatology Interest Network, facilitated by Karin Jordan. They are a base platform for learning about the skills for dealing with disaster mental health.
ACA and The American Red Cross
Interested in Becoming a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer?
As a Red Cross partner, each year free training is available to ACA members at the ACA Annual Conference. Upon course completion, attendees will receive continuing education credit and become eligible to be deployed by the Red Cross both locally and nationally. Interested members must meet the following criteria:
- Participants must be licensed for independent practice by the State Counseling Licensure Board from the state in which you reside. Counselors in a two-tier state must be licensed at the higher, independent practice level; or a school counselor or school psychologist who has successfully completed a masters or doctoral degree and holds a current state license or state certification. For more information check the following links:
- Valid practicing license (or school counseling certificate) at the time of training.
- Current ACA member in good standing
Click here to download registration information.
Contact your local Red Cross chapter to find out more. Find your local chapter at http://www.redcross.org/find-your-local-chapter.
Questions? Contact Debbie Beales at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-347-6647 x306.
Trauma Interest Network
To join the Trauma Interest Network, send an email to Holly Clubb with your request. Please allow 3-5 business days for a response.