News : Free Counseling Helpline Available for Flood-related Emotional Distress
St. Louis, MO, USA, Dec 30, 2015 -- Natural disasters can, in addition to ruining homes and businesses, take their toll on emotional health.
The Missouri Department of Mental Health has set up a Disaster Distress Helpline to help victims cope with the anxiety, stress and loss.
"In these circumstances, feeling unprepared, overwhelmed and confused is normal," department officials say, "however, if these emotions over time interfere with your ability to do regular, daily activities, please seek assistance."
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.
Signs of emotional distress related to floods include:
- Feeling helpless or hopeless.
- Fearing that forecasted storms might develop into a tornado, even when chances are they will not.
- Constant yelling or fighting with family and friends.
- Excessive absences from work or school.
- Use or increased use of alcohol or drugs.
- Having thoughts and memories related to the flood that you can’t get out of your head.
The Helpline provides immediate counseling to anyone who needs help dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic incident. Callers are connected to trained and caring professionals from crisis counseling centers. The help is free and confidential. Multilingual referrals are available.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Thursday, December 31, 2015