NDIN Tip Sheet: Faith Communities & the Disaster Distress Helpline

All religious leaders should have a basic understanding of mental health assessment and referral—and, know where to refer a person in crisis. The Disaster Distress Helpline offers 24/7 year-round crisis counseling for individuals and families in emotional distress related to all hazards, natural or human-caused disaster via phone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746). The Helpline serves all 50 states and territories. Never “dormant,” it is always available before, during and after disasters.