Coping with Disaster and Traumatic Events
If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, call NARBHA's
Crisis Hotline - (877) 756-4090.
For hearing impaired, please use the Arizona Relay Service at 711 or (800) 367-8939.
How to tell the signs of distress
Signs of distress may include any of the following physical and emotional reactions:
- Sleepling too much or too little
- Stomachaches or headaches
- Anger, feeling edgy or lashing out at others
- Overwhelming sadness
- Worrying a lot of the time; feeling guilty but not sure why
- Feeling like you have to keep busy
- Lack of energy or always feeling tired
- Drinking alcohol, smoking or using tobacco more than usual; using illegal drugs
- Eating too much or too little
- Not connecting with others
- Feeling like you won't ever be happy again
- Rejecting help.
Call 1-800-985-5990. It's Free. It's Confidential.
Coping and Recovery Resources
Crisis Hotline - (877) 756-4090. For hearing impaired, please use the Arizona Relay Service at 711 or (800) 367-8939.
- How to Get Mental Health Services in Northern Arizona
- Mental Health Services throughout Arizona
- Tips for Talking with Children in Trauma - Interventions at Home for Preschoolers to Adolescents (SAMHSA pdf)
- Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event: Managing Your Stress
- Call the NAZCARE Warmline to talk to a peer who has similar experiences - (888) 404-5530 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Tips for Families on Media Coverage
- After the Tragedy: How to get emotional Support and Mental Health Services in the Months to Come
- Resources for Parents and Educators
- National Disaster Distress Helpline: information, tips, referrals, counseling
Professional Resources Recommended by NARBHA's Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Teresa Bertsch values the following sources and guidelines for educators and health care professionals:
- Core Elements of Mental Health Crisis (a SAMHSA pdf)'
- The National Child Trauma Stress Network - resources on mass violence
Learn Mental Health First Aid
NARBHA offers Mental Health First Aid training to anyone - family members, friends, teachers, co-workers, and neighbors- who wants to learn the signs and symptoms of mental health crisis and effective ways to respond in the event of tragedy. NARBHA has conducted more than 40 such trainings at our Flagstaff offices and within our northern Arizona provider network. To learn more about hosting or participating in these trainings, contact our training coordinator at (928) 214-2200. Our Responsible Agency in Cottonwood offers Mental Health First Aid training every month. Contact Verde Valley Guidance Clinic, (928) 639-2236.