Whether directly related to COVID-19 or simply occurring against the backdrop of the pandemic, community members will experience grief and loss during this time. Those mourning loved ones may face additional levels of stress and suffering during this time, more than under normal circumstances. Coping and recovery can be helped by support from compassionate and caring professionals.
Moving through the grieving process can be very difficult. Please consider these resources:
Washington County Crisis Line: If you or someone you care about is experiencing a crisis, call 503-291-9111 (24-hour number). This crisis line specializes in urgent care services for mental health and addiction concerns.
Trauma Intervention Program (TIP): TIP is a group of specially trained citizen volunteers who provide emotional aid and practical support and resources to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy. TIP offers grief support services for individuals and families. To reach TIP call 503-940-7997 (24-hour number). You may leave a message or key in your phone number for immediate call back. Visit the TIP website for more information and resources.
Mental Wellness Support
Grief and stress support are available by request to the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services Mental Wellness Triage Team. This team will:
- Review the situation and help determine the most helpful services and resources
- Assign a coordinator to assist the person requesting support with getting connected to the most appropriate service(s) available
- Maintain a list of current providers and services available to support a grief response
- Continue to provide emotional and technical support as long as needed. The array of services may include:
- Stress reduction strategies and resources
- Referrals for grief support
- Psychological First Aid
- Crisis mental health services
Interpreters are available for individuals who speak languages other than English. To request grief and/or stress support, please call 503-846-4958 or email HHSMHWellness@co.washington.or.us.
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline: This national hotline provides help for those feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety. Call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for immediate crisis counseling. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) webpage for more information.
GriefShare: It hurts to lose someone. You don't have to go through the grieving process alone. The GriefShare website offers an online directory of grief support meetings. You can also call 1-800-395-5755.