Besides dominating the news over the past 2 weeks, the wildfires that are consuming thousands of acres across the state are taking their toll on Utahns' mental health. When confronted with natural disaster and personal tragedy, a range of stress, anxiety, and depression are common.
The national Disaster Distress Helpline is available to provide counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the wildfires in Utah.
The resource is available 24-7 year-round to respond to people who need crisis counseling. The Helpline is staffed by trained professionals and is made available by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
If you're having trouble sleeping or eating, are feeling angry or guilty or worried, or experiencing feelings of overwhelming despair or frustration as a reaction to wildland fires in your area or around the state, get in touch with the Disaster Distress Helpline.
There are 3 ways to contact the Helpline:
- Call 1-800-985-5990
- Text "TalkWithUs" to 66746
- Go to DisasterDistress.samhsa.gov