The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reminds us that they sponsor a national disaster distress hotline for tragic events such as the mass shooting in Newtown, CT, in which the lives of so many innocent children were lost.  Their press release on December 17, 2012 says, "The entire country grieves together. As a result, it is common that people will experience strong emotions, and it may elicit memories of past loss and grief.

SAMHSA would like to make sure that everyone is aware of the Disaster Distress Helpline; the nation's first permanent hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. This is a free, confidential and multilingual crisis support service, available 24/7 for anyone experiencing psychological distress as a result of this (or any other) tragedy:

Telephone: 1-800-985-5990

SMS: text "TalkWithUs" to 66746 - For Spanish-speakers, Text "Hablanos" to 66746.

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