In the aftermath of the tragic evening at Travis Scott's Astroworld, many are seeking help and resources following the traumatic event. The deadly crowd surge left 8 people dead and hundreds more injured, including 9-year-old Ezra Blount, who suffered crushed organs and brain damage.
The festival now joins the list as one of the deadliest concerts in the United States, according to CNN.
Many local organizations are ready to help Houstonians cope with trauma after the festival calamity. Travis Scott himself shared that he is working to get Houstonians help from organizations including BetterHelp, National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI), and Mental Health America (MHA National).
Below, you'll find free resources in the Houston area for those who need support during this time.
211 United Way Helpline
- For those who are struggling with coping with last weekend's Astroworld events. Support is available to everyone in the Greater Houston region by dialing "2-1-1," to speak with a trained professional to help access survivor services, as well as counseling support. For more information, visit www.unitedwayhouston.org/211/
- Bo's Place is a local Houston non-profit that serves adults, children, and adolescents healing from grief. They offer bereavement support, including educational materials, grief support groups, and recommendations for people in the Houston area who are coping with the death of a loved one. For more information and additional resources, see their website: https://www.bosplace.org or call (713) 942-8339.
- Many personal injury lawyers have announced their representation of those who were brutally hurt at the Astroworld Festival Friday. Local attorneys Tony Buzbee and Thomas J. Henry have come forward to represent those in need. Local organizers have compiled a list of local, pro bono lawyers who are willing to represent those wounded from the crowd surge.
The Harris Center
- As the largest mental health and developmental disability care center in Texas, The Harris Center is offering free counseling provided for Astroworld survivors.
Reach their 24-hour Crisis Line at 713-970-7000.
- Austin-based therapist Andy Lane is offering free teletherapy to those who survived Astroworld.
To get in contact with Andy Lane, call, (512) 387-7178, or email, [email protected]
Financial Support for Loved Ones
Here is a thread of verified fundraisers for those affected by the Astroworld Festival tragedy.— GoFundMe (@gofundme) November 7, 2021
Our Trust & Safety Team is monitoring our platform closely. We will update this list as more official fundraisers are created to support victims and their families:
- Crowdfunding platform Go Fund Me has shared a thread of links on Twitter to assist the families who've both lost loved ones and hospital bills for those who are severely injured at the festival.
For more information on those in need of financial support, visit GoFundMe.
Disaster distress helpline
- The Disaster Distress Helpline is a free hotline committed to providing immediate crisis counseling for those who have experienced emotional distress due to disaster. The number is available 24/7 and is toll-free, multilingual, and confidential.
To reach the disaster distress hotline, call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.