Updated: Apr 29
Summary of: As pandemic drags on, mental health clients, services adapt published on HeraldNet, April 27, 2020.
At-home exercise and long walks for those who need help coping during these trying times
When exercise is not enough to help, crisis lines, urgent care, and online support groups are available
After her diagnosis of enduring Bipolar disorder while in prison, Megan Amaya began advocating for increased access to services for mental health issues and now serves on the board for NAMI Snohomish County, a local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
The current stay-at-home order has forced Amaya to struggle with her mental health and, at times, has brought about thoughts of wanting to have a drink. But Amaya is not alone. The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted many people’s mental health, whether or not they have a mental illness.
Amaya recommends at-home exercise and long walks for those who need help coping during these trying times. But when exercise is not enough to help, crisis lines, urgent care, and online support groups are available.
Here are some resources for Snohomish County:
Volunteers of America runs a crisis phone line and messaging platform
Available 24/7 at 800-584-3578 or visit imhurting.org
The Trevor Project provides crisis options and other resources for LGBTQ+ youth, including a phone line, online chat service, and confidential text messaging
Available 24/7, thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, behavioral health urgent care center still open for walk-in visits
Available at 425-261-4210 to adults 18+, experiencing a mental health emergency
Mill Creek Family Services video therapy with up to 30 staff members
Compass Health has moved 62% of its services online
Open to everyone but mostly works with those who use Medicaid
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