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

Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety Toolkit

Toolkit for Managing Back to School During COVID-19

Mental Health America’s “May is Mental Health Month” theme focuses on Tools2Thrive, providing practical tools to improve mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations a person is dealing with, and are adaptable to the current COVID-19 environment and social distancing.

NAPCA Launches Automated In-Language Helpline and Website for Older Adults and Caregivers in Response to COVID19

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.

Washington State COVID Response Site:
Mental and emotional well-being during COVID-19

BACK TO SCHOOL RESOURCES from the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction:
Resources and support for parents, families, and teachers

Olympic Community of Health:  Toolkit With Resources for Download

Call Lines

Disaster Distress Helpline for around-the-clock crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress. Call 800–985–5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has compiled a broad selection of web pages and information sheets on mental health and coping with the effects of COVID-19. These resources are a selection from key organizations in the field.

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.

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