Experiencing a mental health crisis?
Please call the Southwest Washington Crisis Line (open 24/7/3965) at 1.800.626.8137. The Crisis Line can help when you or a loved one is
Do you need help advocating for your mental health needs?
Please call the mental health ombudsman (advocate) at 1.564.397.8470. An ombudsman will advocate for, and speak on behalf of, qualified mental health consumers and their families. They will investigate your complaint/grievance, recommend solutions, and help you resolve whatever issue you may have regarding getting your mental health needs met.
Visit our Counseling, Death, Loss, and Grief, Drugs and Alcohol, Eating Disorders and Health Care resource pages for local agencies offering specific mental health and behavioral health services:
Learn about different mental health issues in a way that is easy to understand. Also learn how to find low-cost medical care, what therapy is, why people get depressed, and more.
Coping skills and alternatives to self-injury
Find alternatives to self-injury based on what need you're trying to fill, whether it be because you're feeling angry, frustrated, restless, sad, depressed or unhappy. There are also alternative ideas in case you need to feel something or want to see scars.
More alternatives to self-injury based on what need you're trying to fill, like Buddy Project's Alternatives, and adds alternatives for those who self-injure to distract themselves, to take up time, or because they are feeling scared or have other reasons they self-injure.
The Butterfly Project is an alternative to self-harming by taking a marker and drawing a butterfly on the area where the self-harm usually occurs. You then name the butterfly after someone you love and care about a lot. You must let the butterfly fade naturally; if you self-harm before it fades, the butterfly dies.
Supporting a loved one who self-injures
Learn how to support your friend by being informed, managing your feelings, finding ways to help, discovering things to avoid, and knowing what to do if your friend rejects help.
How do I talk to my parents/caregivers?
Learn how to talk to your parents/guardians about any difficult subject. Some tips include: pick a parent, pick a place, pick a time, watch your moods and follow up. Also learn what to do if talking is sure to backfire and what to do if you’re still feeling anxious.
Learn how to talk to your parents/guardians about getting help. Some tips include: know that there’s nothing wrong with asking for help, bring it up, explain how you’re feeling, say what you want, try again if you need to, and don’t wait.
Learn how to talk to your parents about everyday stuff, every day. Also learn how to bring up difficult topics (including knowing what you want from the conversation, identifying your feelings, and picking a good time to talk), how to talk so your parents will listen, and what to do if talking to your parents doesn’t work.
How do I find the right therapist?
Learn how to find the right mental health professional for you by reflecting on who you are looking for, learning how to start the search, discovering what it means to be the interviewer, evaluating the relationship, and knowing when you found the right one.
Learn how to find the right therapist for you by asking friends and family, shopping online, thinking how gender might play a role in your decision, calling potential therapists, and thinking about other things to consider when choosing a therapist.
Our other resource pages
Visit our Suicide Prevention resource page if you are considering dying by suicide