Mental Health and Crisis Resources
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Call, text, or chat 988, Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. Or visit their website.
As has been said many times, the last few years have been far different than any that we have had before. The challenges of stress, anxiety, and depression that have been caused or worsened due to the impact of the pandemic have put a strain on many members of our community. No one has been immune to the impact whether personally or through someone they know and care about. During this time in particular, it is important that we look out for one another and offer help when we see others struggling. The best thing you can do if you are worried about yourself or someone else is to tell someone, do not keep that information to yourself. There are lots of free and non-judgmental ways for everyone to get help for yourself and/or others. Here are some tips and resources you can access.
IMPORTANT: Call 911 for assistance if the situation is life-threatening or it looks like someone may get hurt.
Here are concerning signs
If you or someone you know is experiencing or exhibiting any of these signs, it is a good indication that they could use a check-in. If you are not comfortable checking in with someone you are concerned about, do not hesitate to reach out to another trusted adult, a parent/guardian, or one of the resources below for guidance or assistance:
- Excessive feelings of sadness
- Increased anger or irritability
- Excessive worrying or fear
- Significant change in their appetite or weight
- Increased physical symptoms like headaches or stomach issues
- Avoidance of available social activities like talking to friends or participating in classes
- Significant change in sleep patterns and energy levels
- New or increased drug or alcohol use
- Change in appearance or lack of hygiene
If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, what can you do to help?
- Say something. If you are concerned, check in with the person, their family, or a trusted adult.
- Get their input on what would be helpful or supportive right now
- Share your own experiences or feelings about what is happening
- Use one of the resources below to get support or help
- Find relaxation techniques that work for you
- Encourage open communication.
Use the list of resources below for more information and help in our area and nationwide.
- National Crisis Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
- The Trevor Lifeline 1-866-488-7386
- Trans Lifeline 1-877-565-8860
- Teen Link – 1-866-833-6546
- King County Children's Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS)
- King County Crisis Connections
- 211 – Dial 211 or 877-211-9274
- HealthPoint 425-424-6310
- Seattle Children’s Referral Line 833-303-5437
- Where to Turn for Teens
WARNING SIGNS OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE DISORDER
Those with substance use disorder (SUD) often try to hide their symptoms and downplay their problem. If you're worried that a friend or family member may be misusing drugs, look for the following warning signs:
Physical warning signs of substance use disorder
- Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual
- Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
- Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits
- Runny nose or sniffling
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
- Unusual odors on breath, body, or clothing
Behavioral warning signs of substance use disorder
- Using causes difficulties in one’s relationships
- Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
- Frequently getting into legal trouble, including fights, accidents, illegal activities, and driving under the influence
- Neglecting responsibilities at work, school, or home, including neglecting one's children
- Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies
- Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal money.
- Using drugs under dangerous conditions (driving while using drugs, using dirty needles, having unprotected sex)
- Increased drug tolerance (the need to use more of the drug to experience the same effects one used to achieve with smaller amounts)
- Misusing drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms (nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, anxiety)
- Loss of control over drug misuse (using more than intended, unable to stop)
- Life revolves around drug use (always thinking of using, figuring how to get more, or recovering from use)
- Abandoning enjoyable activities (hobbies, sports, and socializing) to use drugs
- Continuing to use regardless of negative consequences (blackouts, infections, mood swings, depression, paranoia)
Psychological warning signs of substance use disorder
- Appearing fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason
- Lack of motivation; appearing tired or "spaced out"
- Periods of unusual increased energy, nervousness, or instability
- Sudden mood swings, increased irritability, or angry outbursts
- Unexplained change in personality or attitude
For information about other local support services or family resources, please dial 2-1-1. King County 2-1-1 provides referrals and assistance for other supports.
*Drugs of abuse testing may be available through healthcare providers. Home tests may also be available over the counter.
**Renton School District does not endorse or professionally recommend any of the service providers below. This list is provided for local options that may be of assistance. Contact facility to verify current insurance/payment options.
If you want more information about these resources, or want to speak to your counselor, you can use the information below to reach out via email or schedule an online or phone appointment using our online appointment requests links.