Experiencing trauma

Trauma is an intense emotional response to overwhelming events like violent acts, sexual assault, natural disasters or ongoing abuse. The signs of trauma don’t always show up immediately and can last for months or years. Mental health professionals can help individuals cope with trauma and prevent or lessen long-term impact.


Journaling is a proven way to help cope with traumatic events. Verwell Mind put together a guide on journaling and PTSD to get you started.

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Treatment is often required to cope with trauma, and since it can impact all areas of your life, it’s best to seek help at the first signs of a problem. If you feel hopeless or like you can’t go on, don’t wait to reach out. Contact one of the resources below or browse the full directory here.

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Resource Type Contact
Crisis Text Line

Have a free, confidential chat with a trained counselor. Available 24/7.

Text Line Text ACTION to 741-741

Call for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor. Available 24/7.

Call Line 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Warmline Directory

A Warmline is a free peer-run hotline that offers callers emotional support, staffed by volunteers with lived experience.

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Disaster Distress Helpline

Provides free, immediate crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress related to a natural or human-caused disaster. Available 24/7.

Call Line 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
Inclusive Therapists

Inclusive Therapists offers a safer, simpler way to find a culturally responsive, social justice-oriented therapist.

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ADAA Therapist Search

A tool to help find local mental health services, including teletherapy options.

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A paid online portal that provides access to mental health services, including online counseling, phone, and text communication.

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A paid online text therapy platform that provides 24/7 access to licensed therapists who cover a broad range of mental health services.

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Outside the U.S.? Find a Helpline

Free emotional support, wherever you are.

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