The COVID-19 pandemic has created a collective sense of grief, loss, stress, and daily uncertainty. Experiencing a heightened sense of emotional hardship is common. If you are struggling to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic, talking to a trained professional counselor or therapist is a great tool. In addition, there are many free and confidential crisis resources available in Washington State. Included below are a number of local Seattle and national hotlines. Although this is not an exhaustive list, I hope this provides some helpful direction in accessing mental health resources. You are not alone.
King County Crisis Connections Hotline
206-461-3222 (local) 1-866-4CRISIS (442-4747)
- Trained volunteers offer 24/7 crisis support within a confidential and empathetic environment
- Support is available for individuals, families, or friends of individuals in crisis
- If applicable, Crisis Connections can connect King county residents to local emergency mental health services
- Language interpretation is available in 155 languages
Lifeline- The National Suicide Prevention
For those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have experienced hearing loss the Lifeline recommends that you dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255 for TTY (text-based telecommunication).
- If you or someone you know is in crisis- whether you are considering suicide or not, please call the Lifeline. This is a toll free crisis hotline that is available 24/7. When you call, you will be speaking with a trained crisis counselor
- Your call is confidential and free
- When you call, Lifeline will connect you with a local crisis hotline where you can talk with a trained crisis worker who will offer empathetic and non-judgmental listening, as well as work to co-create a safety plan
King County Warm Line
- The warm line is a peer support help line with specifically trained individuals who have lived experience with mental illness. All calls are confidential.
- Monday-Friday 5-9pm, Weekends 12:30-9pm
WA Recovery Helpline
- The recovery hotline offers crisis intervention and referral services in Washington State. Trained crisis responders offer 24/7 empathetic listening and offer local treatment resources and community services for substance use and mental health
National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Confidential 24/7 support with a DV advocate for anyone who is experiencing domestic violence and/or seeking resources
- Services are available in Spanish and other languages
StrongHearts Native Helpline
- StrongHearts offers 24/7 confidential and anonymous domestic, dating, and sexual violence support for American Indians and Alaska natives
- This helpline focuses on culturally appropriate advocacy and support
- Available online chat feature through their website is available here, however StrongHearts urges individuals to call 1-844-762-8483 directly if there is concern for computer monitoring
Crisis Text Line
Text NAMI to 741-741
- You can connect with a trained crisis counselor 24/7 via text
Although these resources can help you and your loved ones find support and build resiliency, if you are in crisis and feel that you cannot keep yourself safe, call 911.
Pacific Mental Health therapists and counselors are available to give you professional mental health support. Schedule your first visit with one of our therapists. You can also read additional articles written by our mental health professionals on mental health topics on our blog.