Behavioral Health Concerns Affecting Survivors and Responders:
- Emotional symptoms such as irritability or excessive sadness.
- Cognitive dysfunction such as difficulty making decisions or following directions.
- Physical symptoms such as headache, stomach pain, or difficulty breathing.
- Behavioral reactions such as consuming more alcohol or interpersonal conflict.
- Failure to adhere to needed physical or psychiatric medication needs.
- Residents of disaster affected areas may be displaced, living in temporary emergency shelters, and separated from their usual support systems.
- Circumstances may make it difficult to learn the status of recovery efforts or to find out the condition of friends, family members, and communities.
- The exposure of disaster responders and volunteers to widespread destruction, the injury or death of others, or to hazardous materials may result in distress or a need for support.
Psychological First Aid Training
Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of disaster and terrorism.
Online training is available at the following website:
For assistance with behavioral health in Fort Bend County, contact Mental Health America Fort Bend County at (281) 207-2480.
For disaster distress, contact the Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUS” to 66746.
Para ayuda para los afectados por catástrofes llame a 1-800-985-5990 o mande “Hablamos” por SMS al 66746.