New York, NY -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded New York State $22.7 million to provide crisis counseling for victims of the World Trade Center. The FEMA grant will enable the New York State Office of Mental Health to fund crisis counseling services, referrals, outreach and education necessary to meet the immediate and ongoing needs of residents throughout New York City and surrounding counties. The state of New York is responsible for overall administration and implementation of the program.
"Our role in this time of recovery is to attend to the needs of our citizens, needs that are emotional as well as physical and financial," said State Coordinating Officer Edward F. Jacoby, Jr. "We welcome the federal government's compassionate support in addressing the mental health concerns of all who have been affected by the events of Sept.11."
Jacoby pointed out that people who have gone through a traumatic experience such as the WTC attack may have trouble sleeping or eating, or may experience anxiety, irritability, depression or a lack of concentration. "These are typical signs that the body and mind are under stress. Acknowledging them as such is the first step toward overcoming them and feeling better."
People may have feelings and responses to the terrorist attacks that do not last long, but it is not uncommon to experience them many months after the event. Mental health experts suggest talking about disaster experiences and sharing feelings about them with others as the best way to process emotions. Those who wish to talk to someone about their feelings regarding disaster-related losses are encouraged to visit the Disaster Assistance Service Center at 141 Worth St. in Lower Manhattan or to contact one of the local crisis counseling hotlines listed. All calls will be kept confidential.
"Crisis counseling phones lines across the state are operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all those needing some support," said Jacoby. "We encourage New Yorkers to take full advantage of these services during this difficult time. With help, we can get through this together."
Crisis Counseling Hotlines
|State of New York/
City of New York -
|Ayudese Spanish||877-298-3373||(TTY 212-982-5284)|
|LifeNET Asian||877-990-8585||(TTY 212-982-5284)|
|Delaware County||607-865-6522||(TTY Available by Relay)|
|Dutchess County||877-485-9700||(TTY 845-486-2866)|
|Nassau County||516-504-4357||(TTY Available by Relay)|
|Orange County||888-750-2266||(TTY Available by Relay)|
|Putnam County||845-278-2100||(TTY Available by Relay)|
|Sullivan County||845-794-5691||(TTY Available by Relay)|
|Suffolk County||631-853-8560||(TTY Available by Relay)|
|Rockland County||845-364-2200||(TTY Available by Relay)|
|Ulster County||845-338-2370||(TTY Available by Relay)|
|Westchester County||914-995-5237||(TTY Available by Relay)|
|State of Connecticut||800-446-7348||(TTY 888-621-3551)|
|State of New Jersey||800-969-5300||(TTY Available by Relay)|