COMING SOON: DDH Online Peer Support Communities
In an effort to broaden our reach to disaster survivors and emergency responders, the Disaster Distress Helpline is developing online peer support communities though “Facebook Groups” for those who have experienced a natural or human-caused disaster. These online communities will offer opportunities for survivors and responders to connect with others who have experienced similar events, share accurate information and trusted resources, and help one another continue to heal from the effects of a traumatic event.
What Will it Offer?
The purpose of the DDH Peer Support Communities will be to create enhanced opportunities for survivors and responders of disaster to come together for mutual aid and emotional support.
DDH Online Peer Support Communities Will Also Include:
Immediate Crisis Support:
Community members experiencing distress or other mental health concerns to disaster will have access to immediate crisis counseling via connecting, in real time and 24/7/365, with trained counselors from a designated crisis center. DDH Online Peer Support through Facebook Groups has been informed by and created for survivors and trained peer facilitators who will assist in moderating the groups and vetting resources. In addition to community forums, our goal is also to create purposeful, moderated groups lead by peer facilitators with specific themes and relevant topics.
Peer Led Moderation:
While each survivor and responder’s experience is unique, being with peers who have had a similar experience can promote connection, offer new ways of coping, and build a foundation of trust. Peer support does not take the place of therapy or counseling. The opportunity to provide mutual aid and support to others who have faced similar challenges, when and where they need it, offers hope that healing and recovery is possible.
When Will it Be Available?
Keep checking this page for updates regarding when the first live DDH Online Peer Support Community will launch.
Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 Support
If you or someone you care for is experiencing distress or other mental health concerns related to disaster, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Counselors are available 24/7/365 and can listen to what’s on your mind, explore available coping supports, and offer information on community resources for follow-up care and support.