MENTAL HEALTH AND CRISIS RESOURCES
As has been said many times, this year is far different than any that we have had before. The challenges of stress, anxiety, and depression that have been caused or worsened due to the impact of the pandemic have put a strain on many members of our community. No one has been immune to the impact whether personally or through someone they know and care about. During this time in particular, it is important that we look out for one another and offer help when we see others struggling. The best thing you can do if you are worried about yourself or someone else is to tell someone, do not keep that information to yourself. There are lots of free and non-judgmental ways for everyone to get help for yourself and/or others. Here are some tips and resources you can access.
IMPORTANT: Call 911 for assistance if the situation is life-threatening or it looks like someone may get hurt.
HERE ARE CONCERNING SIGNS
If you or someone you know is experiencing or exhibiting any of these signs, it is a good indication that they could use a check-in. If you are not comfortable checking in with someone you are concerned about, do not hesitate to reach out to another trusted adult, a parent/guardian, or one of the resources below for guidance or assistance:
- Excessive feelings of sadness
- Increased anger or irritability
- Excessive worrying or fear
- Significant change in their appetite or weight
- Increased physical symptoms like headaches or stomach issues
- Avoidance of available social activities like talking to friends or participating in classes
- Significant change in sleep patterns and energy levels
- New or increased drug or alcohol use
- Change in appearance or lack of hygiene
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE, WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
- Say something. If you are concerned, check in with the person, their family, or a trusted adult.
- Get their input on what would be helpful or supportive right now
- Share your own experiences or feelings about what is happening
- Use one of the resources below to get support or help
- Find relaxation techniques that work for you
- Encourage open communication.
Use the list of resources below for more information and help in our area and nationwide.
- National Crisis Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
- The Trevor Lifeline 1-866-488-7386
- Trans Lifeline 1-877-565-8860
- Teen Link 1-866-833-6546
- King County Children's Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS)
- King County Crisis Connections
- 211 Dial 211 or 877-211-9274
- HealthPoint 425-424-6310
- Seattle Children’s Referral Line 833-303-5437
- Where to Turn for Teens
- TalkSpace Therapist Services