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Coping with Corona: Disaster Distress Helpline, "Talk It Out" for caregivers & Summary

The national Disaster Distress Helpline is getting up to 600 calls a day. The DDH is a free 24/7 hotline to support people struggling emotionally as the result of natural or human-made catastrophes.

Call or text the DDH (English or Spanish) 24/7 for free crisis counseling from folks with expertise in disaster behavioral health. SAMHSA and CDC are trying to get the word out about this resource. Please share the info! (Brochure here.)

In CT, we're lucky to have a number of state hotlines available, as well as peer-run warmlines such as Soundview Warmline and the JoinRiseBe Young Adult Warmline. The newest hotline is "Talk It Out," a helpline for parents & other caregivers, available in English & Spanish, 8am-8pm Monday through Friday and 8am-1pm Saturdays:

We've updated our crisis support flyers to include these resources--just click through to open and download them:

Each week we've been publishing the latest online offerings to support mental health and recovery during the COVID-19 crisis. Click through the image gallery below to find all the local/state flyers in one place. And remember that all these supports are also listed on our calendar so you can easily find something happening at any given day or time without paging through flyers!

Norwalk Hospital has also shared its recovery support listing here.

More resources

In case you missed it:

  • Our first Coping with Corona post has a helpful video and other resources about managing your personal mental health during this stressful time, how to address and support your family/kids around COVID, and free online mental health supports.

  • Our second Coping with Corona post is a FAQ with info on recovery supports, Spanish resources, and accessing teletherapy; info for providers; and downloadable flyers of more free online support options.

  • Our third Coping with Corona post includes information about creating a daily routine and practicing gratitude to cope with the crisis, as well as curriculum and other resources for parents to use this time at home to educate their kids about substance use and mental health.

  • For recommendations to providers about behavioral health during the pandemic, visit SAMHSA's coronavirus page here.

  • For the latest information about coronavirus in Connecticut, dial 2-1-1 or text CTCOVID to 898211 or visit

Be well!

-Your friends at The Hub: Amy, Eliza, Ella, Giovanna, Margaret, Rai

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