The Disaster Distress Helpline

The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the nation’s first hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free helpline operates 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. The helpline is free, confidential and multilingual.

This crisis support service is available to US residents who are experiencing psychological distress resulting from man-made or natural disasters via telephone at 1-800-985-5990 or by SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746).

Callers are connected to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the network. The helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services.