THE DISASTER DISTRESS HELPLINE
The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year- round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' or 'Hablanos' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.
Crisis Intervention of Houston, Inc. has been appointed the Core Regional Call Center for Disaster Distress Helpline calls in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri. The helpline is free, completely confidential, bilingual, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and links callers to behavioral healthcare services. Dedicated, trained, non-judgmental phone counselors answer each call with the goal of reducing initial distress and fostering short and long-term adaptive functioning by providing callers with resources based on their needs.
CIH has experience in this type of disaster mental health awareness through its previous involvement with the Oil Spill Disaster Helpline.
Text "TalkWithUs" or "Hablanos" to 66746