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Behavioral Health Services   

COVID-19 Information

We understand recent closures and mandates for social distancing can have an impact on you and your family. If you are feeling anxious, scared, or are in need of resources related to mental health, please call the Island County Mental Health line at:

360-678-2346

Monday-Friday 10am – 8pm

Saturday – Sunday 9am – 5pm

 

Social distancing is critical to physical health, both for individuals and to protect the health of our community and our frontline responders. But mental health professionals suggest that it's important to continue to make safe social connections at this time. Safe connections might include: regular phone calls, group texts, FaceTime, email, going on walks with household family members, time with a family pet and more.

Professionals from Island County Behavioral Health offer the following tips for managing stress and anxiety:

  1. Take care of yourself: Get enough sleep, eat healthy, exercise.
  2. Talk to others: Feelings of anxiety are normal in a situation like this. Reach out and talk to people in your community who can provide support.  
  3. Avoid rumors and inaccurate information. Rely on official sources for information:
    • Island County for countywide updates: https://www.islandcountywa.gov/health/Pages/Home.aspx
    • The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington State, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Or go online for statewide updates at: https://www.doh.wa.gov/
    • Centers for Disease Control for nationwide updates: www.cdc.gov/covid19
  4. Do what you can: Even when some things are out of our control, there are always things that we as individuals and communities can control. 
    • Wash your hands often. 
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
     5. Ask for help: Island County residents can reach out 24-hours-a-day to our               area crisis line: 
    • VOA Crisis Line: 1-800-584-3578 (24 hours)
    • Crisis Text Line: 741741
    • National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Overview

It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental illness. One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by the age of 24. Nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness.

 From time to time we are all in need of extra support. Many people do not know where to turn, or know what resources are available during these times. Also, there can be a stigma around asking for help and receving services.

At Island County Human Services we want to make sure that everyone has access to services in the community, and that we do our best to remove barriers and make everyone feel welcome and heard.

Please take a look at the programs we offer and don't hesitate to call if you have questions or would like more information.


Kathryn Clancy, MA, LMHC
Island County Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor
360-678-7911