A Guide to Mental Health Resources for Seattle and Washington State

Last updated: September 8, 2020, at 5:48 p.m. PT

Originally published: April 15, 2020, at 1:13 p.m. PT

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Anxieties and emotions are amplified during a crisis, especially right now with the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the nation. Taking care of your mental health isn’t a luxury, it’s essential. Whether you're feel at risk at home, you need someone to talk to or you need help with basic needs, these resources will help you or someone you know find the right kind of help in the Greater Seattle area and Washington state.

Crisis Support

Our partners Crisis Connections and 2-1-1 have search tools for community members to quickly find resources by need and zip code. This includes professional therapeutic help for all ages – children, adults, and seniors. You can also text or chat confidentially with a trained referral specialist. If your need is urgent or after-hours, please call the 24-hour hotline: 866-427-4747


Mental Health and Substance Use Counseling Services

YMCA of Greater Seattle and Nexus Youth and Families essential services are open, operating counseling remotely, and taking in new clients for children, youth, young adults and families.
For more information, please call 206-382-5340 or email counseling@seattleymca.org; residents of Auburn, Maple Valley, Enumclaw and surrounding areas can also contact 253-939-2202.


Resources to help you assess your and other’s needs

Peer Support

Sometimes just hearing a friendly voice on the other end of the line can help in challenging times. If for any reason you are experiencing: 
•    Anxiety
•    Loneliness
•    Depression
•    Problems with Family or Friends
•    Other Emotional or Mental Health Challenges

The WA Warm Line is a free, confidential peer support help line. Trained volunteers provide emotional support, comfort, and information. 
Local calls: 206-933-7001
Toll-free: 1-877-500-9276
Hours: M-F 5:00pm - 9:00pm; weekends 12:30pm - 9:00pm


Get help. Give help.

We may be physically apart, but we don’t have to be alone. Across the country, people are organizing online mutual aid groups to stay connected, share ideas, and help those in need. 


Resources For Families

Resources For Teens 

You can help your friends while still taking care of yourself. It makes sense that you and your friends turn to each other to vent, unload, and ask for backup. But if you have a friend unloading some heavy stuff on you, it can be tricky to know when it might be time to ask for support. As a rule, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Learn more

For more resources, read our blog 4 Ways to Care for Your Mental Health or our Resource for Seniors, Youth and Families impacted by Covid-19.