Mental Health Resources
If you are feeling lonely...
Find the meaning
Think about what it is about this time of year that you enjoy the most, and if it involves other people, open up the conversation early with family and friends about how plans will look different this year. How will we change plans to keep everyone safe? How can we keep traditions alive but in a new way? Sometimes just talking about the situation openly can help you feel less alone.
Connect however possible
Find non-traditional ways to connect with family, friends, or others in your community – they are feeling isolated too! Virtually reach out to others who you care about and seek out online groups where you can connect with new people and share ideas.
Sometimes offering help to others who are feeling lonely can make you feel less lonely yourself. Send a handwritten letter or card (how fun is it to get mail that’s not junk?), drop a care package off at their home, post an encouraging message on a friend’s social post, or send a quick text or instant message telling them why you think they are great.
Give yourself comfort
Make a list of the healthy things that make you feel good, and put the list into action whenever you feel alone. This could include things like taking a walk outside, reading a new library book, taking a bath, meditating, petting your dog, cooking, watching a favorite movie or getting a good night’s sleep.
Make plans for the future
Remind yourself that the pandemic won’t last forever. Make a post-pandemic wish list. What’s the first thing you will do once we can safely return to normal life? What goals can you set for the future?
If you know someone who is struggling...
Reach out. Reassure them that you are there for them. Some ideas for how to show support while maintaining physical distance:
- The Washington 211 COVID-19 call center is a general information line related to COVID-19. If you need information or have a general question, call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on your phone wherever you are. You will receive links to the latest information on COVID-19, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses, students, and more.
Benji Project Online
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease
- Stress and Coping: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fmanaging-stress-anxiety.html
Disaster Distress Line
- Need help? Know someone who does? Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
Dove House Advocacy Services
- Office and 24/7 crisis line: 360-385-5291
- Advocacy, basic needs, housing assistance, and other resources for recent and past victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and general crime. To access our services at this time please first call our 24/7 crisis line 360-385-5291. This is the best way to ensure that crisis needs are met. www.dovehousejc.org
Discovery Behavioral Healthcare
- DBH continues to provide a variety of mental health, crisis and medication management services. Please call our office at (360) 385–0321. For more information: https://www.discoverybh.org/
End Violence Against Children
Jumping Mouse Children’s Center
- Resources for Children and Families Regarding COVID-19
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- https://www.namijeffcowa.org Offering in-person in Port Townsend and on Zoom twice monthly support groups for those with a mental illness diagnosis and for their family members and friends, as well as single and multi-session education classes. Call 360-385-1716 for more information.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
- 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or text LOVEIS to 22522
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Nursing License Map
- Comprehensive list of resources on sleep, movement, healthy eating, mindfulness and more: https://nursinglicensemap.com/resources/mental-health-resources/
Port Townsend Police Department
- Community members seeking resources, please contact Judson Haynes LMHC, SUDP at 360-531-3445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salish Regional Crisis Line (Jefferson, Clallam, Kitsap Counties)
- Call 1-888-910-0416
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Washington Futures Without Violence
- Washington Listens helps people manage stress and anxiety they may be experiencing because of COVID-19. If you or anyone you know is having difficulties managing stress, call the Washington Listens support line at 1-833-681-0211. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method. Resources and self-help tips are available on walistens.org.
Zero to Three
- Tips for Families regarding Coronavirus: