Distress Helpline Available After Boston Explosions

By Hunter R. Slaton 04/15/13

SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline is open for anyone traumatized or triggered by events at the Boston Marathon today.

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Anyone traumatized or triggered by today's bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon—which, at press time,had killedtwo peopleand injured at least two dozen—can speak to a crisis counselor by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline on (800) 985-5990. The Helpline is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and is "confidential and multilingual and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America's communities," according to a press release. It has been shown that people who have been in close proximity to a traumatic event, such as the terrorist attacks of 9/11, are many times more likely to develop a substance abuse problem. "When disaster strikes, people react with increased anxiety, worry, and anger," says SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde. "With community and family support, most of us bounce back. Some may need extra assistance to cope with unfolding events and uncertainties."

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