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Mental Health Access HelpLine Available to Concerned Citizens

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Mental health professionals at the DC Department of Mental Health Access HelpLine — 1 (888) 7WE-HELP — are available to talk with children and adults about their concerns stemming from the heightened threat of terrorist attacks on Washington, DC. The Access HelpLine is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More than 100 languages are spoken through a translation service. Just call 1 (888) 7WE-HELP.

People may call the Access HelpLine to:

  • Get help with problem solving
  • Discuss concerns
  • Determine if additional mental health or other types of services are needed
  • Request printed materials about preparing for emergencies and how to handle one's emotions related to terrorist attacks

"Once again, we are faced with struggling to handle our fear of terrorist attacks," said DMH Director Martha B. Knisley. "Before 9/11, being a victim of terrorism was not even on our minds. Since then, we have seen deaths from anthrax and snipers, and now we must accept the reality that we must be prepared for these emergencies.

"We have staff who can talk with adults and children about their concerns. Also, if more assistance is needed, our staff can provide the links to those services."