Mental Health Matters

COVID-19 Community Counseling Program

Washington County has a new COVID-19 supportive counseling program. The COVID-19 Community Counseling Program (CCCP) is a partnership between Washington County, Lifeworks NW, Western Psychological, Asian Health and Service Center, and Lutheran Community Services NW. CCCP provides support to Washington County community members who need help related to the pandemic. Core services include: 

  • Supportive counseling with an emphasis on developing coping skills and resilience.
  • Support in understanding personal reactions, planning action steps, and developing solutions to resolve losses and overcome difficulties.  
  • Referral and connection to longer-term behavioral health care if needed. 

Services are provided at no charge. Linguistically and culturally specific services are also available. 

How to get help:

To request an appointment, please email COVIDCounseling@co.washington.or.us or call Washington County Behavioral Health at 503-846-4528. 

This is not a crisis line, and you will not be able to speak with a counselor right away. It is also meant to be short-term assistance (a few sessions per individual). If you need immediate help, call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Call 9-1-1 for life threatening emergencies. More resources available here: 

Tips for reducing anxiety

  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others using technology. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships.
  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking as much as possible.

Grief support

Grief is a natural response to loss. Many people in our community are currently grieving the loss of daily routines, jobs, financial stability and a sense of security. Some community members may be grieving the loss of a co-worker, friend or loved one. This grief may include not being able to mourn in ways we are familiar with, such as attending funerals or memorial services.

Here are a few ways to help you cope with grief:

  • Acknowledge your pain.
  • Understand that grief can bring many different and unexpected emotions.
  • Seek out virtual support.
  • Limit isolation (we know this is difficult to do right now).
  • Take care of your health with good nutrition, physical activity and getting enough sleep.

With so many people in our community experiencing grief it is important to know that you are not alone. There are additional resources and support available to help you.

Report abuse and neglect

Vulnerable people in our community with mental health disorders, substance use disorders and/or developmental disabilities remain at risk for abuse and neglect during the COVID-19 pandemic. As contact with others decreases due to social distancing measures, abuse may not be as readily apparent but could still be occurring. Please remain vigilant and report any suspected cases of abuse. Washington County continues to provide abuse investigation and intervention.

Reports can be made to:

  • Behavioral Health at 503-846-4505
  • Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities at 503-846-3150.

To report child abuse, contact the Child Abuse Hotline at 503-681-6917 or Washington County non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.

Resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence

We are being told to stay home for health and safety reasons. However, for victims or survivors of domestic violence, home might not feel like the safest place. We have resources available in English and Spanish. If you need this information in another language, please email us.

Help for substance use disorders

Substance use disorders are the uncontrollable need for a substance or activity like drugs, alcohol or problem gambling. COVID-19 presents many challenges that may cause people to depend on these things more than usual. It is important to know that treatment services are still available. For confidential and free help in Washington County call the Crisis Line at 503-291-9111. This phone is answered 24/7.

We created new 40 second videos specifically for those wanting help during COVID-19. Grab a pen to write down some information and then watch Treatment Options for Substance Use Disorders and Help for Problem Gambling.

Resources in Washington County:

  • Unsure if you or someone you care about has a drug, alcohol or gambling problem?  Take a quiz available from this webpage.
  • For a list of treatment providers, visit this page.
  • For alcohol and drug prevention take a look at this information.

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