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Crisis Distress Prevention/Intervention for Community Members - Accessing and Using Resources

It is not uncommon for children, youth, and adults to show signs of stress after a crisis. A crisis can create a condition of instability that could develop into more serious mental and behavioral health issues that can interfere with daily life and children and youth’s learning.  Crisis planning allows individuals within the community to act quickly and effectively to access needed resources. 

The purpose of the following guide is to (a) provide accurate, user-friendly information resources for adults and (b) help students and families access current information on crisis preparedness and response.

Have you or a family member experienced a crisis?

Taking care of yourself
Helping children and youth

Do you know about school-based and community agencies working with the school district that are providing supports and services to students, individuals, and families?

  • Schools can provide onsite help through school counselors, school psychologists, or school social workers.
  • Check with your local school to ask if there is a crisis plan.
  • Community agencies that may provide help include the Red Cross. To find available resources in your community, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at at 1-800-985-5990 or Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
  • Peer listening has been found to be a valuable tool for recovery. Training manuals and other resources are available online from the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.