The Department of Health and Human Services today announced the availability of a toll-free hotline for people in crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), callers will be connected to a network of local crisis centers across the country that are committed to crisis counseling. Callers to the hotline will receive counseling from trained staff at the closest certified crisis center in the network.
“We have all been touched by this tragedy, and profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions that many people may experience,” HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said. “We want people to know that we have a nationwide team of crisis counseling experts available to help people through their grief and loss.”