There is a lot of important information available about what is happening locally and throughout the world with COVID-19. We want to share with you information you may find helpful about COVID-19’s impact on mental health and emotional well-being.

These resources offer useful information regarding how to support our own mental health and well-being and that of our families, our friends, and our communities.

National Resources

Mental Health America:  Information and Resources

National Institute of Mental Health:  Shareable Resources

Managing Your Mental Health: Resources from National Behavioral Health Council on Mental Health First Aid:

How to #BeTheDifference For People With Mental Health Concerns During COVID-19
How to Care For Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing
How Do I Know Someone is Experiencing Anxiety or Depression?
How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19
How to Support a Loved One Going Through a Tough Time During COVID-19

Local Resources

Washington Listens is a program that provides non-clinical support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19. The program includes a call-in line where support specialists are available to provide information and connection to community resources local to your area.  The program is anonymous and no identifying information is maintained. Read the Washington Listens Fact Sheet here to learn more.

Washington Listens is available Monday through Friday 9 am to 9 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 6pm. To reach Washington Listens call 1-833-681-0211, or visit their website.  TTY is available.

Olympic Community of Health:  Toolkit With Resources for Download

As you go about your day, keeping this in mind may be of help:

Connection whenever you can
Validate often-Normalize the experience-Everyone has this
Forgive yourself for not having the same energy level.
Forgive others for not having the same energy level.
Find a way to incorporate at least one thing, every day, that gives you joy.

COVID-19: Goal 1000 Face Masks

Thank you from our hearts to yours –  to the sewing circles, the faith communities, the civic clubs, and the individuals who quickly stepped up to provide KMHS staff with cloth face masks! Your rapid and generous response to our request has made what seemed a daunting task possible! Because of you, we have been able to reach our goal of 1000 masks – two for each of our staff – and within just two weeks!

For information and updates about KMHS temporary service changes due to COVID-19, click here.