MHA-NYC Resources for Emotional Distress From Hurricane Sandy

Helplines Available to Provide Immediate Crisis Counseling and Emotional Support to People Affected by

Hurricane Sandy 

lifenet logoNew York City residents experiencing emotional distress as a result of Hurricane Sandy can access free, confidential crisis counseling 24/7 through LifeNet (800-543-3638 and TTY at 212-982-5284), Spanish LifeNet (800-AYUDESE) and Asian LifeNet (800-990-8585).  


LifeNet, the city's only accredited, multi-lingual, free and confidential crisis hotline, is run by the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) and supported by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

ddh logo squareResidents of any state that have been emotionally affected by Hurricane Sandy can access free 24/7 crisis counseling and support through the national Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746 (Spanish-speakers can text 'Hablanos' to 66746).  


Assistance is also available to individuals who are Deaf or hearing impaired through TTY (1-800-846-8517) and in more than 100 languages through interpretation services.  


The Disaster Distress Helpline is supported by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and operated by MHA-NYC's subsidiary Link2Health Solutions, Inc. 


See coping tips, signs of emotional distress, and a wide range of additional resources on the

MHA-NYC Hurricane Sandy resource page.

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