Help and chat lines offer immediate support if you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis. These services are free and available to everyone.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers 24/7 assistance at 1-800-273-8225 or chat now with Lifeline.
- Volunteers of America Care Crisis Response Services offers 24 hour support to individuals in crisis and/or considering suicide. Call 1-800-584-3578 or chat now at ImHurting.org.
- The Disaster Distress Helpline offers 24/7 crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to a natural or human-caused disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
- Crisis Text Line text HOME to 741741
These websites and resources offer a variety of resources for anyone struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Tips for coping with COVID-19 related stress from the University of Washington.
- Tips for taking care of your behavioral health during times of social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.
- Information and tips on coping stress during the COVID-19 outbreak from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers mental health coping strategies and a comprehensive directory of information and resources on a wide variety of mental health challenges related to COVID-19.
These organizations and resources offer assistance to children, adolescents and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- The Arc of Whatcom County and its Parent to Parent program continue to offer services for families with individuals who have special healthcare needs. For the most current information, call 360-715-8522.
- Whatcom Taking Action helps families find services for children and youth with special healthcare needs through their Single Entry Access to Services (SEAS) program.
- The Parent Trust for Washington Children offers a wide range of services including online classes, a Family Help Line, coaches, and more to help families navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Northwest Youth Services helps young people ages 13-to-24 in need of support or experiencing homelessness in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.
Resources and Guidance
- Seattle Children’s Hospital provides guidance on on how to get mental health referrals for children and teens and provides links to additional resources to support mental wellness and family life during COVID-19.
- This article from Child Trends provides guidance, recommendations, and resources to help you support your child’s emotional well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Resources and tips from zerotothree.org to help parents of young children respond to coronavirus questions and challenges.
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. (services available in Spanish and for D/HH). The number is 1-800-985-5990; A 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline, or text TalkWithUs to 66746, or “Hablanos” for Spanish speakers to 66746.
- Whatcom NAMI offers online support groups. Registration required. Visit the Whatcom NAMI website or call 360-671-4950.
- Eating Recovery Virtual Support telehealth support and treatment for eating disorders and associated mood and anxiety disorders.
- Psychology Today offers a search tool for identifying therapists in Whatcom County that can be filtered to help you find someone who meets your needs and accepts your insurance.
- The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offers Helpful Resources on Grief and Loss
- Whatcom Hospice Grief Support Groups will be meeting online. Email Michelle Walsh, Bereavement Coordinator or call 360-733-5877 ext. 4664.
- This informational PDF Tips for Survivors: Coping With Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event has coping strategies and information to help you through the grieving process.
- Whatcom County Alcoholics Anonymous groups are now meeting online. Visit their website for more details.
- Alcoholics Anonymous Family Groups have moved to online Zoom meetings. Visit their website for details.
- Narcotics Anonymous website provides Zoom meeting lists for online meetings.
- SAMHSA has a PDF document Your Recovery Is Important: Virtual Recovery Resources that includes both web resources and phone numbers.
- Whatcom County State Certified treatment agencies contact information and services provided by each agency.
- The Whatcom County Health Departments has a list of resources for Mental Health during Pregnancy and Parenting.
- Brigid Collins Family Support Center offers Parenting Support and Education that includes free parent coaching during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as virtual parent coaching sessions and parenting group seminars.
- Bellingham Center for Healthy Motherhood’s Village Circle Peer Support has virtual support meetings via Zoom
- Perinatal Support Washington has a parent line 1-888-404-7763 (includes Spanish support) for both women and men experiencing anxiety or depression during the perinatal period around the birth of a child.
- Giving birth in a time of COVID-19. PeaceHealth Childbirth Center PDF with information on what to expect when giving birth at the hospital.
- Families of Color Seattle has facilitated parent groups with virtual meetings.
- Postpartum Support International has a help line for both English and Spanish speakers, 1-800-944-4773 (4PPD), as well as a text message line, 503-894-9453 for English or 971-420-0294 for Español. They also offer Chat with an Expert sessions for moms and dads.