Behavioral Health Resources and Recommendations – Washington State Department of Health

Behavioral Health Resources and Recommendations – Washington State Department of Health

This can be a stressful time. It is normal that you or your loved ones might feel anxious, sad, scared or angry. You are not alone. It is okay to seek out and ask for help. Visit coronavirus.wa.gov/wellbeing for crisis support and self-care resources for you and the people you care about.
Situation reports and forecasts are used to monitor current or potential trends of adverse behavioral health outcomes as a result of COVID-19. These trends can help response planners and behavioral health system leaders understand what to expect in their communities and where to focus efforts in preparing for and responding to behavioral health impacts.
Did you know that a pandemic is a type of natural disaster? Disasters have known impacts on our behavioral health. In this series of conversations, disaster psychologist Kira Mauseth, PhD and psychiatrist Doug Dicharry, MD discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts us – what we’re feeling, why we’re feeling it, and what we can do about it. Listen below or check out the blog series on our Public Health Connection blog.

The Behavioral Health Group Impact Reference Guide describes behavioral health impacts and recommendations for some occupations and social roles that could be more heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide is intended for incident response organizations and planners, organizations that support or employ these groups, and behavioral health agencies and organizations.
The overview, tools, and examples are provided to inform messaging, training, and interventions that are likely to be the most effective for the following groups:
English, 8.5×11 or 11×17
Spanish, 8.5×11 or 11×17
Long-Term Care Settings: Loneliness Holiday Tip Sheet (PDF)
For people with disabilities, Web documents in other formats are available on request. To submit a request, please contact us at civil.rights@doh.wa.gov.
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