#BePrepared - Disasters and Mental Health

Disasters can affect people in many ways. Sometimes we have emotional responses right away and sometimes they show up days, weeks, months or even years after. Signs of distress can include:

• difficulty sleeping 
• emotional outbursts 
• anxiety 
• depression or unexplained physical issues 

If any of these signs appear, make sure to talk about them and seek advice from a professional.

Alberta Health Services Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642 (24/7)
Alberta Health Services Addiction Helpline: 1-866-332-2322 (24/7)
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-686 (24/7)
Counselling Alberta: 1-833-827-4230 (Mon – Fri, 9AM to 4PM)

Having the information you need to understand and respond to an emergency situation is the first step towards recovery. Visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/page14070.aspx for resources that can help.