Information at Your Fingertips

There is lots of information regarding behavioral health resources available by conducting web searches. We have noted websites linking you to a number of recognized local, state, and national resources. Included are various sites covering a variety of commonly requested information regarding mental health and substance use, from illnesses to recovery and well-being for ourselves, for our families, our friends, and our communities.


Using Telehealth 

Many healthcare providers offer telephone and web based care. Here are helpful tips for you: Tips for Using Telehealth Services.

Mental Health Self Care

Mental Health First Aid Self Care Plan
31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health

Online Screening Tools

Visit Mental Health America’s online screening tools here.  Mental health tests are available, along with reading materials geared towards individuals who are first seeking help with their mental health and may have never been treated for their mental health concerns before.

Caregiver Support

Download Mental Health America’s 2019 Family Caregivers Toolkit here.


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness  Grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Site resources include information about conditions, treatment, advocacy, local affiliations, initiatives, data and more. NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.

NAMI Kitsap  For local NAMI information.  Website includes support group information, educational classes, upcoming events, articles, membership and other contact information.

Mental Health America  Information, resources, advocacy, toolkits on topical areas such as Mental Health America’s “May is Mental Health Month” theme focuses on Tools2Thrive, providing practical tools to improve mental health and increase resiliency, back to school, caregiver tips, self care tips and more.

NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health)  Information, brochures, fact sheets and more on wide range of behavioral health conditions.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)  Trending information related to various behavioral health topics.

US Department of Veteran’s Affairs – Mental Health Homepage  Variety of mental health resources, information, treatment options, and more accessible to Veterans, Veterans’ supporters, and general public.

Washington State Health Care Authority Behavioral Health Supports

HelpGuide National site offers self-help information for yourself and people you care about.

Freedom From Fear Focuses on positively impact the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depression, and related disorders through advocacy, education, research, and community support.  Website has comprehensive mental health information and resources.


Anxiety Disorders Association of America Dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research.

Autism Research Institute  Research and information.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder  Information for adults, parents, caregivers, professionals.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance  Offers resources, support, and education.

National Eating Disorders Association  Dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Information Signs, information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and more.  Support forums, treatment and recovery information for families and individuals.

No Kidding, Me Too!  Purpose is to remove the stigma attached to brain dis-ease through education and the breaking down of societal barriers. Focus on bi-polar illness and schizophrenia.


Faces & Voices of Recovery  Supports and resources for recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, for families, friends and recovery community organizations and networks, including advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.

Washington Recovery Help Line  For mental health, substance abuse and problem gambling.

National Institute on Drug and Alcohol Abuse  Facts about the most commonly used drugs. Each drug page includes a brief overview, street and clinical names, the effects of the drug on the brain and body, statistics and trends, publications and articles.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute – University of Washington  Prevention and Education Clearinghouse. is a new opioid treatment website from the Center for Drug Safety and Services Education at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. Provides education and information on opioid use disorder to find the treatment that will work best. Website is a resource for people with a substance use disorder, friends and family and healthcare providers.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)  Trending information related to substance use treatment and recovery.


Active Minds  Nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness, education, research and advocacy for students ages 14 to 25.

Half of Us  Multimedia supports and information for young people and college students regarding behavioral health. Connected with The Jed Foundation, offering resources for young people and college students, including resources for school administrators.  The Jed Foundation also has resources for colleges providing recommendation and implementation strategies to strengthen mental health supports for students of color.  Internet service for young people that provides information, support and resources about mental health issues to develop resilience, increase coping skills, and facilitate help-seeking behavior.

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health  A national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families.  Site dedicated to ending stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Focuses on multimedia campaigns, storytelling, and youth programs to encourage a diverse cultural conversation around mental health.


The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America websites each provide a multitude of information and resources regarding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) offers many publications and information guides for older adults and family caregivers.


Salish Behavioral Health Organization – Locate a Behavioral Health Provider in Kitsap, Clallam or Jefferson County  

Bridges Behavioral Health Ombuds Service  Serving Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties.
360-692-1582; Toll Free: 1-888-377-8174. Ombuds are available to assist mental health consumers, their families, and others with concerns or complaints on behalf of any individual who is entitle to, or receives, mental health services from agencies funded by the state of Washington.


Suicide Prevention Resource Center About suicide, prevention information, resources, programs and more. Also has specific information regarding coping with COVID-19.

Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention  Innovations in Suicide Prevention offers a variety of trainings on suicide prevention.  Check with your local suicide prevention coalition. Many of them offer training.


VOA Local Crisis Call Line: 888-910-0416.  Professionals responding determine the level of crisis services needed and provide appropriate level of help. (Kitsap and nearby counties)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-8255. Free and confidential 24/7 hotline services. Chat and text services available. Press 1 for the Veterans Helpline.

Crisis Connections: 866-4-CRISIS (866-427-4747)

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Crisis Connections connects people in physical, emotional and financial crisis to services through 24-Hour Crisis LineTeen LinkWA Recovery Help Line, and WA Warm Line.

Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746


The Institute on Aging’s Friendship Line: 800-971-0016 or
Crisis and support line for adults who are 60 or older or have disabilities. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific time)


Trevor Project Lifeline: 866-488-7386. 24-hour hotline focusing on LGBTQ young people in crisis, chat and text services available.

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860. This line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. Hours are limited, check the website for details.

A few other LGBTQ helplines that offer support, but not necessarily crisis intervention:

LGBT National Hotline:  1-888-843-4564
LGBT National Youth Talkline:  1-800-246-7743
LGBT Senior Hotline:  1-888-234-7243


Teen Link: 866-833-6546. Hotline for youth staffed by trained peer volunteers, open from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (Pacific time)


Veteran’s Crisis Line  For veterans in crisis or persons concern about them. Free, confidential support, available 24/7.  Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.  Text 838255.


Warm Line for people living with emotional and mental health challenges: 877–500-WARM (877–500–9276).

Washington Recovery Helpline: 866-789-1511. 24-hour help for substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health.

211 Information and Referral Hotline: 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number for information, referrals and other assistance. See 211’s searchable database.


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.

Native American Heritage Month (November 2021) November is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Mental Health America’s Native and Indigenous Communities and Mental Health webpage shares information and statistics about mental health disparities and challenges Native people face.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month (July 2021):  This year’s theme is Strength in Communities, which highlights alternative mental health supports created by BIPOC and queer and trans BIPOC (QTBIPOC), for BIPOC and QTBIPOC.  Mental Health America offers a free toolkit for July 2021 BIPOC Mental Health Month!  Three topic areas are explored:  community care, self-directed care, and cultural care. You can fill out a form to receive the downloadable toolkit here.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May 2021)Observed annually in May, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month celebrates the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture; please visit to learn more.  Mental Health America provides information and resources on demographics, mental health issues and health disparities faced by Asian American and Pacific Islanders on their website.

National Minority Health Month (April 2021):  This year, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) focuses on the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  The theme for 2021 is #VaccineReady.  Please visit their website to learn more.

National Institute of Minority Health  The Office of Minority Health is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. The site features a broad variety of resources and information. Facts regarding health including behavioral health impacts by race or ethnicity can be located by clicking each population profile. Toolkits for specific monthly awareness campaigns can also be downloaded.  Find the April 2020 toolkit hereThe September/October Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 focus is on awareness about the health disparities and promoting physical activity, healthy nutrition and regular doctor visits to help improve overall health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mental Health Disparities: Diverse Populations Fact Sheets – The American Psychiatric Association provides downloadable fact sheets regarding multiple diverse populations, including by race, ethnicity, gender, geographical communities, refugees/deportation and more.

Jed Foundation  Resources for colleges providing recommendation and implementation strategies to strengthen mental health supports for students of color.

Mental Health America released a 2017 report on LGBTQ+ mental health using data gathered from their online screening tools.

Kitsap County Health Disparities Report (2017) This report provides deeper analysis of the Core Public Health Indicators used to identify disparities. Health disparities are the differences in health outcomes between populations and are greatly influenced by environmental, social, and behavioral factors. Decreasing or eliminating these factors will improve the overall health of the community.   

Populations with Functional and Access Needs Estimates, 2020, Kitsap County  A single page, at-a-glance summary designed to provide estimated numbers of people in populations who might need additional assistance or have special needs in an emergency situation or unforeseen event. These estimates, while originally compiled for emergency preparedness planning, can also be used for other health or community planning work.

The State of Mental Health in America – State by State Report

Washington State Substance Use Data & Resources

Health Indicators, Reports & Fact Sheets – Kitsap Public Health District  


The Kitsap County Core Public Health Indicators Report provides an overview of the demographics and health of Kitsap County residents and surroundings. The indicators are derived from sound, reliable data and can be used to help focus resources, encourage new and existing partnerships, and support the work necessary to make Kitsap County a healthy and safe place to live, learn, work, and play.

Kitsap County Health Indicators (2018, rev. 1/30/19)


The Kitsap County Health Disparity Report provides deeper analysis of the Core Public Health Indicators to identify disparities. Health disparities are differences in health outcomes between populations and are greatly influenced by environmental, social, and behavioral factors. Decreasing or eliminating health disparities will improve the overall health of Kitsap County.

Kitsap County Health Disparity Report (2017, Published June 2018)


Kitsap Community Health Priorities (KCHP) is a collaboration led by the Kitsap Public Health District, Harrison Medical Center, United Way, Kitsap Community Foundation, and Kitsap County Human Services Department whose goal is to identify and track progress on community health and well-being priorities for Kitsap County. Every 3-5 years KCHP conducts a comprehensive health assessment that includes over 200 indicators of health and well-being. You can review KCHP data and follow progress on the priorities here.


Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Fact Sheet (Published December 2017)

Mental Health Presentation (Published June 2018)

Suicide Fact Sheet (Published July 2018)

Healthy Youth Survey 2016, Selected Substance Use Results (Published March 2017)

Healthy Youth Survey 2018, Selected Substance Use Results (Published May 2019)

Healthy Youth Survey 2018, Marijuana Use Presentation (Published May 2019)

Healthy Youth Survey 2018, Selected Mental Health Results (Published May 2019)

Opioid Fact Sheet (Published June 2018)

Opioid Related ED Visits and Deaths, 2016-17

Opioid Data for Kitsap League of Women Voters Opioid Forum (Published March 2019)

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Opioid Overdose Quarterly Surveillance Report

Determinants of Health

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Fact Sheet  (Published December 2017)

Affordable Housing Fact Sheet (Published December 2017)

Community Assessments – Community Partners

Comprehensive Community Assessment, KICC – (Published February 2017)

Populations with Functional and Access Needs Estimates, 2020, Kitsap County (Published January 2020)


Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS): DSHS’s Facilities, Finance and Analytics Administration (FFA) a comprehensive time-series collection of county and school district-level data related to substance use and abuse, and the risk factors that predict substance use among youth, called the Risk and Protection Profiles for Substance Abuse Prevention for Washington State and its Communities.  In addition, they provide aggregate client counts, use rates and cost by age groups for many DSHS services, as well as research articles on mental health and substance use in Washington.

Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS): HYS is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Department of Health, the Department of Social and Health Services Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, and the Liquor Control Board. HYS provides information about the self-reported health and health behaviors of youth in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 in Washington to guide policy and programs that serve youth.

Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM): OFM provides population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, as well as estimates of population density and change.

One in ten young people experience a period of major depression.