While sunshine and warmth have returned to Texas, the physical and mental health toll of last week’s storms on our community did not melt away with the snow. If you or your family are feeling stressed or anxious, it is vitally important you know three things:
- It’s normal to not feel “back to normal.”
- You are not alone.
- There is help available.
We have compiled a few resources that can help as you navigate the effects of the severe weather.
Disaster and Mental Health Recovery Resources
- Warning Signs and Risk Factors - Learn about the common warning signs and risk factors for emotional distress that children, adults, and first responders often experience.
- Coping after Disaster - Helpful steps and resources for adults and children.
- Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event (PDF)
Hotlines provide access to trained call-takers 24/7. Hotline callers receive immediate assessments, referrals to additional community resources, and if, needed, crisis intervention services.
- The Disaster Distress Helpline - 1-800-985-5990, is a national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
Local Mental Health Authorities
- Travis County: 512-472-4357 (Integral Care)
- Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Williamson Counties: 1-800-841-1255 (
Bluebonnet Trail Community Services)
- Hays County: 1-877-466-0660 (Hill Country MHDD Centers)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Para llamadas en Espanol: 1-888-628-9454
- National Crisis Text Line: Text NAMI to 741741
Basic Needs Resources
If you have basic needs that are not mental health-related, we recommend you check out these resources: