Island County Human Services

Island County Human Services COVID-19 has caused change in our lives. If you are feeling anxious, scared, or are in need of resources related to mental health, please call our Mental Health line: 360-678-2346 Monday-Friday 10am – 8pm Saturday – Sunday 9am – 5pm

Operating as usual

11/09/2020
North Whidbey Help House

North Whidbey Help House

Just a reminder - Wanted to let everyone know when sign-ups begin for Thanksgiving. The registration period is from Nov 2-13. You can still sign-up after that but will be put on a waiting list - you will still get a basket but it will be after those that registered during those two weeks. EVERYONE MUST PROVIDE PICTURE ID (for everyone 18 yrs and older) in the household and CURRENT PROOF (less than 2 months old) of their PHYSICAL address (a piece of mail, utility bill, etc. If you have a PO box, your electric bill has your physical address on it). We will not accept the registration form without all the above documents.

Distribution of the Thanksgiving food boxes will begin on Friday, Nov 20th. You will be told when you register what day/time you can come in to pick-up your box. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 360-675-0681. Have a great day everyone!

10/19/2020
www.hca.wa.gov

https://www.hca.wa.gov/assets/program/washington-listens-fact-sheet.pdf

Here are some great tips staying resilient in the face of stress. The WA Listens line can be a great place to connect if...
10/19/2020

Here are some great tips staying resilient in the face of stress.
The WA Listens line can be a great place to connect if you need to talk. 1-833-681-0211

Oak Harbor Youth Coalition
10/15/2020

Oak Harbor Youth Coalition

National Prescription Drug #TakeBackDay is Saturday October 24th at the Oak Harbor Police Department at 860 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor. Did you know that there is a prescription drug drop box at the police department year round?

10/09/2020

World Mental Health Day is October 10th! If part of your mental health includes counseling, know the best way to assess whether a potential new counselor is a good fit for your needs.
You can often have a consult prior to your first session. Your questions might include: cost/ billing, theoretical orientation and what will that look like in sessions, what progress looks like, how long to reach expected goals, etc. A google search of questions to ask a potential counselor will give you more ideas.
https://www.therapyden.com/blog/a-beginners-guide-to-therapy-part-2-what-to-ask-in-the-consult
Also, think about why you are seeking support and what you hope to goals you have for seeing a mental health professional. That information should be central to beginning services.

10/07/2020

During Mental Illness Awareness Week, let's talk about how to decide if professional support is needed.

10/07/2020
Here are some great ideas for Fall festivities. Let's build resiliency through enjoying holidays and building new ways t...
09/24/2020
Halloween & COVID-19: Have Fun While Staying Safe

Here are some great ideas for Fall festivities. Let's build resiliency through enjoying holidays and building new ways to be festive. More ideas might include a candy egg hunt in the yard, homemade caramel apples or a piñata (you could even make your own!).
Island County, how are you safely celebrating fall?!

Some Halloween traditions may look different this year to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are still plenty of ways families can have fun while avoiding the scare of being exposed to or spreading the virus.

09/21/2020

Here are some great to do's for your list!

09/16/2020

Let's play self care with our friends and families. Everyone is a winner!

Forefront is a great resource in suicide prevention. They team with many of the Island County School Districts to bring ...
09/10/2020

Forefront is a great resource in suicide prevention. They team with many of the Island County School Districts to bring student, staff and parent education related to suicide prevention and mental health

Do you know the warning signs for suicide?
This month we’ll be sharing 5 steps to identifying and holding space for loved ones who may be suicidal. Learn to recognize when someone may be at risk for suicide and how to take action at:
intheforefront.org/LEARN

#BeThere #SPM20 #Bethe1to #SuicidePreventionMonth #WegotthisWA #Suicideprevention #Suicideaware

Each District in Island County is offering food programs. Included links to the districts who have posted details! https...
09/09/2020
Connected Food Program

Each District in Island County is offering food programs. Included links to the districts who have posted details!

https://sw.wednet.edu/communication/news/what_s_new/grab_and_go_meals?fbclid=IwAR3jXJNF3l0VZa24tVeCn_Ul0YXrQhZi3R5Be3mqlFMCTbcnOy0s_Dlf_pE

http://www.coupeville.k12.wa.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=63897&pageId=102306&fbclid=IwAR3jXJNF3l0VZa24tVeCn_Ul0YXrQhZi3R5Be3mqlFMCTbcnOy0s_Dlf_pE

https://www.stanwood.wednet.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=588521&pageId=27858125&fbclid=IwAR3jXJNF3l0VZa24tVeCn_Ul0YXrQhZi3R5Be3mqlFMCTbcnOy0s_Dlf_pE

        - Connected Food Program Updates for Phase 2 Reopening         - Weekly Meal Box Menu         - Meal Box Curbside Pickup Times         - Pandemic EBT         - Free and Reduced Price Lunch Application and Directions for Online Submission ----------------------------------...

If you are in a state of distress, reach out today. Our crisis services are available 24/7. Call 1-800-584-3578 or visit...
09/09/2020

If you are in a state of distress, reach out today. Our crisis services are available 24/7. Call 1-800-584-3578 or visit www.imhurting.org.
If you are worried about a loved one, this resource can be a starting point. Other supports can include school counselors, primary care doctors, https://www.nami.org/Home. Learn the signs and find resources to support.

For a free daily strategy to help you overcome depression
https://thedepressionproject.com/daily-strategies

Such a great description of how someone with mental health diagnosis is struggling. And strategies to seek and offer hel...
09/09/2020

Such a great description of how someone with mental health diagnosis is struggling. And strategies to seek and offer help!

Volunteers of America Western Washington
09/02/2020

Volunteers of America Western Washington

You are not alone. Help is just a phone call or chat away, 24/7. Whether it's thoughts of suicide or something else, we are here for you.

If you or someone you know is struggling, reach out to our 24-hour crisis line at 1-800-584-3578, 24-hour chat service at www.imhurting.org, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Always call 911 if it's an emergency.

Call 1-800-584-3578 24/7 for help.
09/02/2020

Call 1-800-584-3578 24/7 for help.

Today marks the start of Suicide Prevention Month. Throughout the month, we will be dedicated to raising awareness of suicide and advocating the prevention of this public health crisis. #BeThere #SPM20 #CounselorsHelp https://www.counseling.org/SPM

08/15/2020

Behavioral Health Crisis Number
1-800-584-3578 (24 hrs)

Crisis Text Line
Text Start to 741741

National Suicide Hotline
1-800-273-8255

Washington Recovery Help Line: 1-800-789-1511

Trevor Project 866-488-7386

One more thing on loving kindness…..10% Happier by Dan Harris, is a great book about the benefits of meditation on menta...
08/12/2020

One more thing on loving kindness…..
10% Happier by Dan Harris, is a great book about the benefits of meditation on mental health. The best part of his approach is that he was not naturally inclined to alternative approaches. He discusses the benefits of the loving kindness during stressful times.

Check him out on Fresh Air:
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/05/19/858551813/anxious-meditation-can-help-you-relax-into-the-uncertainty-of-the-pandemic

Or on his podcast
https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast/

Has everyone had their daily Island County Eagle sighting? Take a minute to find something that fills you with wonder to...
08/09/2020

Has everyone had their daily Island County Eagle sighting? Take a minute to find something that fills you with wonder today!

08/08/2020

Weekends can be hard. A lack of routine. A lack of professional resources. Excuse the repetition of this post. But let's make sure that people find these numbers when they need them!

Behavioral Health Crisis Number
1-800-584-3578 (24 hrs)

Crisis Text Line
Text Start to 741741

National Suicide Hotline
1-800-273-8255

Washington Recovery Help Line: 1-800-789-1511

Trevor Project 866-488-7386

Self care Friday: The world has a lot going on right now. It can be stressful. How about a delightful list of good thing...
08/07/2020
Good news prevails: 100 positive things that happened in 2020 (so far)

Self care Friday: The world has a lot going on right now. It can be stressful. How about a delightful list of good things from 2020?!
Any other families playing the Floor is Lava, too?
If you are inclined, comment on something positive that happened to you or your community!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2020/07/29/100-good-things-from-2020-positive-stories-news/3257222001/

We are only halfway through 2020 and between coronavirus and racism, it's the worst. But we are trying to see the good. Here are 100 positive things.

Photos from Island County Human Services's post
08/06/2020

Photos from Island County Human Services's post

Timeline Photos
08/06/2020

Timeline Photos

Loving Kindness Meditations have been linked to increased empathy, increased positive emotions, decreased negative emoti...
08/04/2020

Loving Kindness Meditations have been linked to increased empathy, increased positive emotions, decreased negative emotions, increased social connection and more. Now more than every this is a great meditation to try!

If you’d like to learn more about it:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/feeling-it/201409/18-science-backed-reasons-try-loving-kindness-meditation

If you’d like to just try it:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/feeling-it/201409/18-science-backed-reasons-try-loving-kindness-meditation

"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." -Scott Adam...
08/02/2020

"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." -Scott Adams

08/01/2020

If you are experiencing significant stressors or crisis, hotlines can help. There are a variety for specific needs.

If you are experiencing an emergency call 911

Behavioral Health Crisis Number
1-800-584-3578 (24 hrs)

Crisis Text Line
Text Start to 741741

National Suicide Hotline
1-800-273-8255

Washington Recovery Help Line: 1-800-789-1511

Trevor Project 866-488-7386

Address

105 NW 1st Street
Coupeville, WA
98239

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(360) 678-2346

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