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Mental health and coping during the COVID-19 crisis


Mental health and coping during the COVID-19 crisis

The coronavirus pandemic is causing anxiety for many people.  Below are links to resources with helpful tips and strategies for those who are struggling with anxiety around the coronavirus. 

King County Public Health 

Crisis Connections provides resources and support for anxiety, loneliness, recovery, and more. Language interpretation in more than 155 languages is available. Call 866.427.4747 or text HOME to 741741 for support. 

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides trained counselors and support for stress, anxiety and more. Call 1.800.985.5990 or text TalkWithUS to 66746.  

The Boys Town National Hotline is a free resource and counseling service that assists youth and parents 24/7, year-round, nationwide. Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services for more than 100 languages also are available 24 hours a day. Call 1.800.448.3000, text VOICE to 20121, or email to connect. 

King County's Department of Community and Human Services provides publicly funded mental health and substance use services to low-income people in need. 

WA Listens provides non-clinical support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19. Call 1.833.681.0211 to be connected to a live support specialist. 

Friendship Line has trained volunteers that offers a caring ear and friendly conversation for adults, age 60 and older, and adults living with disabilities. Call 1.800.971.0016 or visit their website to connect. 

Resources from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization

CDC: Mental Health and Coping 

CDC: Talking With Children About Coronavirus Disease 2019

WHO: Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak 

News Articles 

How to talk to kids about the novel coronavirus, Seattle Times 

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New CoronavirusNPR

Additional Resources

Printer-friendly factsheet about coronavirus 

Public Health - Seattle & King County has set up a call center to address questions from the public about the coronavirus, call 206.477.3977

World Health Organization 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Washington State Department of Health has set up a call center to address questions from the public about the coronavirus, call 1.800.525.0127 and press #.