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COVID-19 is hard. For many of us, life was already stressful enough. Loss, uncertainty, and changes to our daily routine, plans for the future, health, and emotions can be hard to deal with. You may feel stressed, worried, afraid, irritable, frustrated or sad. It’s important to have help when these feelings get overwhelming.


On this page, you'll find ways to connect with people who want to help including how to...

  • Talk to someone right now
  • Get help finding a counselor
  • Change the conversation on mental health
  • Connect to the Community Health Access Program (CHAP) for more community resources
PICA-WA food distribution site

Image credit: Toka Valu

Depicted here is a typical day at a PICA-WA food distribution site. In times of hardship, our Pasifika communities have always responded by rallying to support each other, a demonstration of the resilience of our community.

Free mental health first aid trainings are available to through Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care. The 8-hour course trains you to notice and support people who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use concern, and connect them to appropriate professional care.

Talk to someone right now

  • Teenlink
    A free helpline for teens and those who are care for them. Call 1-866-833-6546, chat, or text. Visit their websiet for more information, tips and local resources.

  • Friendship Line
    Trained volunteers offer 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.

  • Crisis Line
    Trained counselors available for individuals, families and friends. Call 1-866-427-4747, text HOME to 741741.

  • WA Listens
    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.

  • Washington Recovery Helpline
    Professionally trained volunteers and staff are available to provide emotional support 24 hours a day, and offer local treatment resources for substance use, problem gambling and mental health.

  • The Trevor Project
    Trained counselors available for LGBTQ youth call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.

  • StrongHearts Native Helpline A safe domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT. Call 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483)

  • Warm Line Peer support help line for people living with emotional and mental health challenges. Call 877- 500-WARM (9276) TTY 206-461-3610.

  • King County resources for domestic violence

Connect with a counselor

Finding support for you or a loved one can feel challenging. Below are a few ways to get connected to a counselor. Note: Low to no cost and insurance covered options are available.

Change the conversation around mental health

  • Mental Health Myths and Facts
    Mental health and mental illness are often misunderstood topics. How we understand and talk about mental health may impact how others reach out for support.

  • FindYourWords
    Depression can be hard to recognize or talk about. Learn from FindYourWords more about depression, how to help others or how to find support for yourself.

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Suicide can affect everyone. Learn about suicide prevention and support for those affected.

  • South King Emotional Wellness League
    A community partnership promoting mental health and emotional well-being in south King County communities most impacted by COVID19 and police violence, including virtual mental health supports and other resources.

  • Racial Trauma
    Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress (RBTS), refers to the mental and emotional injury caused by encounters with racial bias and ethnic discrimination, racism, and hate crimes.

  • Seattle Children's
    Provides mental health information and resources for children and youth.

  • Lambert House
    Resources for LGBTQ youth and their families.

Connect to what's
important to you

Emotional health is supported through many different ways, including connections to people, pursuits, and personal purpose. Connect with what makes your life meaningful, your faith, your spiritual practice. All of these strengthen our emotional health and help us get through hard times.

Some of these links may be helpful for brainstorming ways to maintain your emotional health:

Can't find what you’re looking for? Use our online form to connect.

Link/share our site at www.kingcounty.gov/covid/support