Where can I find support for my mental health and well-being?
This can be a stressful time. It is normal that you or your loved ones might feel anxious, sad, scared or angry. You are not alone. It is okay to seek out and ask for help. The resources here are a good place to start.
If you are experiencing excess stress due to COVID-19, call Washington Listens (833-681-0211) for support and resources.
"Coping with COVID" podcast and blog series
Did you know that a pandemic is a type of natural disaster? Disasters have known impacts on our behavioral health. In this series of conversations, disaster psychologist Kira Mauseth, PhD and psychiatrist Doug Dicharry, MD discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts us – what we’re feeling, why we’re feeling it, and what we can do about it. Listen below or check out the blog series in English or Spanish on the Department of Health's Public Health Connection. or BienestarWA blogs.
- Children and teens
- Teen Link: 866-833-6546. Chatting and texting options are also available.
- Behavioral health services for children and youth — find someone to help.
- Behavioral Health Toolbox for Families — learn ways to help children and teens cope.
- Finding the Right Words to Talk with Children and Teens
- Discussing Coronavirus with Your Children
- Supporting Homebound Children
- Virtual sessions and resources for parents in English and Spanish
- Families and communities
- How to have safer gatherings
- Behavioral Health Toolbox for Families
- National Parent Helpline: 1-855- 4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736)
- Taking care of your family
- Tips for coping when quarantined with COVID-19 family members
- When family members are hospitalized due to COVID-19
- Resources to help understand trauma during quarantine
- How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19 from the Mental Health First Aid blog
- Virtual Family Assistance Center from Red Cross offers information and resources to help those who have lost a loved one to COVID-19
- Sketchbook Skool: Free art therapy resources and free courses for essential workers
- Young adults
- Older adults
- Tribal communities
- Service members and veterans
- LGBTQ+ and families
- Health care workers
- Behavioral Health Impact Reference Guide: Healthcare Workers
- Coping during COVID-19: Guide for emergency and healthcare professionals
- Tips for health care workers’ well-being
- Fighting stress and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Supportive practices for mental health professionals during pandemic-related social distancing
- HRSA claims reimbursement program
- Businesses and workers
- Farm Aid Hotline
- 800-FARM-AID (800-327-6243) (6:00am – 2:00pm, Monday – Friday)
- Farm resource guides
- COVID-19 Guidance for Building Resilience in the Workplace
- Behavioral Health Group Impact Reference Guide: Businesses and workers
- Washington State Employee Assistance Program
- Farm Aid Hotline
- Suicide prevention
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
- Suicide warning signs
- Safer Homes, Suicide Aware
- The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has compiled a selection of web pages and information sheets on mental health and coping with the effects of COVID-19
- Substance use disorder
- WA Recovery Help Line: call or text 366-789-1511
- Virtual recovery resources for substance use and mental illness
- Resources for parents, families, and caregivers
- Faces and Voices of Recovery
- Shatterproof: Stay supported, connected, and healthy during COVID-19
- Locator tool: medications for opioid use disorder
- We are peer for you daily webinars
- Peer Workforce Alliance virtual recovery meetings
- Intimate partner violence or abuse survivors
- For many survivors, staying home may not be safe. Futures Without Violence is maintaining a comprehensive information and resources for survivors, communities, and domestic and sexual violence advocacy organizations and service providers.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline offers support through the chat feature on the website or over the phone at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
- API Chaya supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking with people from or affiliated with Asian, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern communities
- Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides numerous resources for domestic violence survivors including shelters and local programs
- Health insurance
- Apple Health medicaid coverage enrollment is open year-round.
- WA Health Plan Finder: If you or someone you know has recently lost or will be losing health insurance coverage, visit wahealthplanfinder.org to browse health insurance options and get covered.
- Have a health insurance problem or question? Contact the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
- Problem gambling
- Smoke or vape? Consider trying to quit.
People who smoke may be more likely to develop serious health complications from COVID-19. Smoking weakens the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off viral infections – especially those attacking the lungs, like COVID-19. Additionally, initial findings suggest that vaping may increase lung inflammation and exacerbate lung infections. Need help quitting? Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit doh.wa.gov/quit.
- Healthy Minds Program app for skill-based meditation learning
- Care for your coronavirus anxiety — a project by Shine
- Connections, free smartphone app to help people in recovery
- Calm mindfulness app
- Happify website and app
- Headspace guided meditation, articles and videos
- Stop, Breathe & Think meditation and mindfulness app
- COVID Coach from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs