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The Journey- Stories of Crisis and Hope

The Journey- Stories of Crisis and Hope

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July 12th 2016:The National Disaster Distress Helpline: Responding to Natural Disasters and Mass Violence

Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the recent Ebola outbreak are just a few examples of disasters that affected not only those who experienced the crisis first hand, but had a global impact as we watched these tragedies unfold before our eyes. When disasters occur, first responders are called into action to help provide support, intervention and help to begin to restore order to the chaos that surrounds us. Providing help during a disaster is the main priority of the National Disaster Distress Helpline. People experience a wide range of emotions before and after a disaster or tr

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Christian Burgess

Christian Burgess, MSW, is Director of the National Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH), a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration administered by the Mental Health Association of New York City providing 24/7 crisis counseling and emotional support for anyone in the U.S./territories struggling with distress or other mental health concerns related to natural or human-caused disasters. Prior to helping launch the DDH in February 2012, Christian served as the Training Coordinator for the Oil Spill Distress Helpline. Christian previously worked for over 10 years in youth violence prevention and trauma intervention, including as Director of School Programs at Sa
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