Emotional and Mental Health Resources
It is normal right now to feel scared, anxious, sad, angry, lonely, uncertain – a whole range of emotions are appropriate during this unprecedented time.
Take time to check in on your family, friends and neighbors by calling, texting, emailing or writing letters. Remind them that you care, and that physical distance doesn’t change how much they mean to you. Talk to them about your worries and fears, but make sure you leave room to talk about the good stuff, too.
A healthy diet, physical activity, and regular sleep schedule also can help with the emotional toll of this pandemic. Don’t be afraid to unplug for a while when all of the information (or misinformation) on the pandemic gets overwhelming.
Perhaps most importantly, don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you need it, or if you are worried about a loved one in need. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. People who have never called a crisis line may find themselves needing one right now, and that’s ok. Remember that our past experiences shape our reactions, and you may not feel the same way as others. That’s ok, too. Life isn’t normal right now. There is help.
- Care Crisis Line (suicide prevention): 800-584-3578 or 425-258-4357
- Care Crisis Chat: Visit imhurting.org for more information.
- Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
The Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the United States experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies.
- The Trevor Project: Call 866-488-7386 or text START to 678678. A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.
- Trans Lifeline: Call 877-565-8860 in the United States and 877-330-6366 in Canada. Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: For survivors who need support, call 800-799-7233 or 800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can visit thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
- Child Protective Services (DSHS): Call 800-562-5624
- Caregiver Help Desk: Call 855-227-3640. The Caregiver Action Network's Care Support Team is staffed by caregiving experts, available 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific).
- Dial 2-1-1: If you need assistance finding food, paying for housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, visit 211.org or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a helpful list of virtual recovery resources. These include online meeting options, virtual hang-outs or chats, and online trainings. Find the full list by clicking here. Locally, you can call WA Recovery Helpline at 866-789-1511. Resources and information are also available on the Snohomish Overdose Prevention website.
If you or those you care about have past or existing mental health conditions, the National Alliance for Mental Illness has provided an extensive guide to help.
Lastly, there is a growing effort to provide telemental health and your current health plan may be offering behavioral health services at no charge. Check with your insurance company or healthcare provider to find out if you can access these services.
If you are struggling, tell someone. No matter what it feels like... you are not alone.