How to care for your mental health in the age of climate change and worsening natural disasters

The American Red Cross has tipsheets on preparing for and recovering after a natural disaster.
Southerly has a guide to preparing for winter storms and a “Disaster Glossary” with resources on preparing for natural disasters, heat waves and tornadoes and navigating FEMA aid.
NPR has guides on getting ready for floods, wildfires, hurricanes and driving in snow.
The Austin American-Statesman has tips on how to prevent and prepare for wildfires amid Texas droughts.
The New York Times has tips on how to financially prepare for extreme weather events.

Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
Text SHELTER and your ZIP code to 43362 to find shelters with help from FEMA. (This may refer you to check with local officials or online.)
Call or text 800-985-5990 for crisis counseling from SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline.
Call 800-733-2767 to get help from the American Red Cross, including housing and shelter, financial assistance, health services and mental health assistance.
Call 211 or 877-541-7905 for information on Texas disaster and social services, including local mental health care resources.
Call 800-504-7030 if you are low-income and need legal assistance related to natural disasters and documents to get help from the State Bar of Texas.

Headaches or stomachaches.
Muscle or chest pain.
Trouble sleeping.
Changes in appetite.
Feeling overwhelmed, sad, numb, lonely, or physically or mentally drained.
Losing motivation or focus.
Getting frustrated and arguing more frequently.

Feeling helpless or hopeless.
Excessive smoking, drinking or drug use, including prescription drugs.
Feeling guilty without being sure why.
Thinking of hurting yourself or someone else.
Having difficulty readjusting to home or work life.

 

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