We’re starting our 4th week of shelter in place. If you’re feeling stressed, where do you go for help?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration has you covered with the Disaster Distress Helpline.
I tried it out!
First thing that happened when I called is, “You have reached the National Distress Helpline…
Please stay on the line for the next available counselor…” My heart sank a bit thinking this will be a series of recordings I have to go through and I know from experience when you’re stressed any extra hoops are extra difficult. However, once I did get a person, he was a really nice guy!
He told me they’re available 24/7 to be there, to validate your feelings and normalize them because it’s not a crazy idea that you would be stressed during this time. It’s confidential, it’s free, and the counselors provide crisis counseling for people in emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster as well as tips for healthy coping.
The counselor did say if you call and you don’t get a person, PLEASE try again. Disaster Distress Helpline has a lot of calls right now but they want to help you.
The phone # is 1-800-985-5990
I am also here for you if anytime you want to call in and chat 1-866-900-1037