These resources for families in King County and Washington State can help keep your family safe and well.
People are feeling a lot of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health concerns, including thoughts of wanting to hurt or kill yourself, continue to be a challenge during the current public health crisis. The stress of new health risks, lost work, and many other uncertainties may increase chances of having suicidal thoughts.
Tips to cope with stress during COVID-19:
Mental Health & Suicide Prevention resources:
Safely & securely storing medicines, firearms, and other dangerous items is an effective way to keep you & your family safe.
Why safe storage?
If families need help or resources practicing safe firearm storage at home:
Downloadable Safely Storing Medications & Firearms information page.
COVID-19 may mean that people are isolated in homes that may not be safe. We want people to know they are NOT alone during this pandemic.
Helpful tips if someone is in a crisis:
Downloadable Preventing Violence in the Home information page.
The outbreak of the coronavirus may be stressful for parents. Fear and anxiety about the pandemic and stress related to social distancing restrictions can cause strong emotions in children and adults. Children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events.
Downloadable Helping Families Cope with Stress information page.
Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority. Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.
Source: Centers for Disease Control, **updated January 13, 2022
Source: UW Medicine Newsroom