Taking care of your emotional health and wellbeing is important right now. With constant news updates, we understand how easy it is to become anxious and stressed, and while it’s important to remain informed, persistent checking of the news and social media coupled with physical distancing can affect you deeply.
We think it’s vital that we all try to decrease stress and anxiety. It can help keep you physically healthy and, in turn, help those around you. Know the signs as well as when and where to seek help.
Lane County Public Health Suicide Prevention
White Bird Clinic
- White Bird Clinic, 541-342-8255
White Bird Clinic medical, mental health and behavioral health professionals strive to meet each person where they are and empower them to regain control of their own wellbeing. Their staff evaluates each person’s needs and recommends both in and out-of-house programs and resources to support them in their healing process. White Bird’s Community Resources page contains updated information on community resources during the COVID-19 crisis.
Get connected with health and social service organizations by dialing 211 on your telephone. Look online to find resources available in your zip code.
Oregon's Senior Loneliness Line
The Senior Loneliness Line is a statewide partnership between Lines for Life and Oregon Health Authority. The free statewide call service is for Oregonians 55 and older. Their team of volunteers and staff are specially trained in working with older adults, and can provide ongoing support, connect seniors with resources or just listen. Information is completely confidential and no one will follow up with a caller unless requested.
Safe + Strong Helpline
Safe + Strong Helpline is a behavioral health landing page that offers mental and emotional support information and resources as well as guidance for how to have conversations with loved ones who may be struggling. If you are in danger, thinking of harming yourself or someone else, or need help right away, you can call 911 or one of the support lines listed below. Someone will be there to listen and support you.
Visit the Safe + Strong website or call one of their helplines:
- Safe + Strong Helpline: 800-923-4357 (HELP).
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
- Alcohol and Drug Helpline: 1-800-923-4357
- Military Helpline: 1-888-457-4838
- Youthline (teen to teen support): 1-877-968-8491 or text teen2teen to 839863
- Trans Lifeline (Trans-led support): 877-565-8860
- The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ related support: 866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678
You Are Not Alone
The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) has created the You Are Not Alone website to provide resources for those at risk of harm due to isolation during COVID-19. All resources offer translation services and are confidential.
For Children and Teens
- Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon: The Child and Family Center, a mental health clinic run out of the UO, is now offering free telehealth services for families with children ages 2-17. Services are available in both Spanish and English.
- White Bird’s HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools): In light of school closures due to COVID-19, HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools) is offering mental health support by phone for students, families, and staff of high schools in the 4J, Springfield, Bethel, Oakridge and South Lane school districts. The phone line is staffed by crisis counselors who normally work in the HOOTS school clinics, or work on CAHOOTS.
- Students, families and staff of Churchill, North Eugene, Sheldon, South Eugene, ECCO, Network Charter, Wellsprings, Twin Rivers Charter, Willamette High School and Kalapuya should call: 541-246-2342.
- Students, families and staff of the Academy of Arts and Academics, Gateways, Springfield High School, Thurston High School and Oakridge High School should call: 541-246-2332.
- 15th Night will also continue to offer support and resources for unhoused youth and those working with them via phone and text at 541-246-4046.
- ODVA’s Veteran Navigator: A comprehensive hub site for resources for veterans, military service members, and their families
- Oregon Military Helpline: Free and confidential crisis intervention and sensitivity to military-specific issues
- VA Crisis Line: Connect with caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs
- MakeTheConnection.net: Connects veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with mental health information, local resources and veterans’ own stories of recovery
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255: 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.
- Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990: The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. You can also text TalkWithUs to 66746.
- American Psychological Association: See an extensive list of resources for the general public, educators, students, healthcare professionals, parents, caregivers and more.
- Center for Disease Control Stress and Coping Tools: People react differently to stressful situations. The CDC provides factual information about COVID-19 and tips on how to reduce stress for yourself and the people you care about. Resources are provided for families, people with the disease, and first responders.
- World Health Organization: The WHO is continuously monitoring and responding to this outbreak. This Q&A will be updated as more is known about COVID-19, how it spreads and how it is affecting people worldwide.
See our Health and Wellbeing page for additional resources for health care and domestic and sexual violence support, as well as some ideas for physical distancing fun.