Parents, family members, and other trusted adults play a valuable role in helping children make sense of what they are hearing about COVID-19 and their associated fears or concerns. The CDC has created some guidelines to help with these conversations.
- Remain calm and reassuring
- Make yourself available to talk and to listen
- Avoid language that might blame others
- Pay attention to what you child us hearing/seeing on TV, online
- Provide information that is honest and accurate
- Teach and reiterate to your child the daily actions to reduce germs. Find more info here:
- From the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Nurses- Talking to children about COVID-19:
- Locally, families and students can call the Washington State Department of Health’s Coronavirus hotline with questions at 1-800-525-0127.
- LWSD Specific Learning Resources:
Dial 911 :
If there is an urgent concern about someone in a physical or mental health crisis that needs immediate medical attention.
24-Hour Crisis Line: 866-4CRISIS (1-866-427-4747) or 206-461-3222
24-Hour Crisis Line provides immediate help to individuals, families and friends of people in emotional crisis. They can help you determine if you or your loved one needs professional consultation and they can link you to the appropriate services. They also provide immediate language interpretation in more than 155 languages.
Crisis Text Line: https://www.crisistextline.org/texting-in or text HOME to 741741
Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from a secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Teen Link Help Line: 1-866-TEENLINK (833-6546)
Teen Link is a confidential, anonymous and non-judgmental telephone help line answered by teens each evening from 6pm to 10pm. No issue is too big or too small. Phone workers also have access to an extensive database and can give you information on agencies serving youth in the King County area. Teen Link Where to Turn Booklet: https://www.crisisconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/WTTFT-2019-2020.pdf
Teen Link Chat: www.866teenlink.org
Much like the line, teens can use Teen Link Chat to seek support for our teen volunteers on a variety of issues, including bullying, drug and alcohol concerns, relationships, stress, and other teen issues. Teen Link accepts chats from 6-9:30PM every day of the week. Teen Link Chat does not work well on cell phones, so they ask that you log on with a computer to chat with them.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
This 24/7/365 service from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides crisis counseling for people going through both natural and human-caused disasters. It’s free, multi-lingual and confidential. You can text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Transgender Suicide Hotline: 877-565-8860 https://www.translifeline.org/about
Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis - for the trans community, by the trans community. The Hotline was, and still is, the only service in the country in which all operators are transgender. Because of the particularly vulnerable relationship transgender people have with police, it is also the only service in the country with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.
Current Openings with Community Agencies for Mental Health Services
Eastside Psychological Associates: 425-458-5048
Several providers have openings and are accepting new referrals
Emmaus Counseling Center: 425-869-2644
Currently accepting new clients and have availability this week
EvergreenHealth Social Worker:
School Based Social Work, please contact your school counselor directly (via email) to discuss referral. Services available through telehealth only at this time
The Evergreen Clinic: 425-825-9644
Currently accepting new patients, call directly for availability
Lightheart Psychological Associates: 425-996-8592
Current accepting new patients and are encouraged to fill out an appointment request on their webpage: https://lightheartassociates.com/
Accepting new patients by appointment (not accepting walk ins at this time). They are triaging for essential services such as medication management, crisis services and hospital discharge intakes.
One clinician in Seattle, Jim Porter, is accepting new adult patients, only contracted with Premera, Regence and BCBS.
Youth Eastside Services (YES):
School Based Mental Health/SUD services, please contact your school counselor directly for a referral. Services available through telehealth only at this time
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Please note: This list of individual agencies is provided as an information resource for your convenience. The Lake Washington School District does not recommend or endorse any of the individual agencies provided here. The district will not be held liable or responsible for any services provided by them. Lake Washington School District highly recommends that you conduct your own research and investigation. Use reasonable care before selecting any of these individuals/agencies for services.