PW! Update 7-7-2020
New Survey Finds 7 in 10 Teens Are Struggling with Mental Health
Amidst COVID-19 an overwhelming number report feeling anxious, stressed, or depressed as they call for more openness on mental health issues
CHEVY CHASE, MD (June 17, 2020) – A new survey commissioned by National 4‑H Council, and conducted by the Harris Poll, finds that 7 in 10 teens are struggling with their mental health in the wake of COVID-19. More than half of those surveyed shared that the pandemic has increased their feelings of loneliness, with 64 percent believing it will have a lasting impact on their mental health. The survey, conducted in May 2020, is among the first to examine the impact this unprecedented public health crisis has had on U.S. teens.
In 2019, the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION announced suicide as the third leading cause of death in teens 15 to 19. Their findings determined that the “consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.” Today, as the country grapples with a global pandemic, economic downturn, and recent conversations on racial injustice, teens are being met with added stressors and seeking out new ways to cope.
The SURVEY, which polled over 1,500 youth between the ages of 13-19 nationwide, was commissioned by National 4‑H Council and conducted by The Harris Poll to gain a deeper understanding of the state of teen mental health and to gather youth perspectives on the issue as 4‑H aims to empower young people with the resources and support to address their health and well-being head on.
Dear Opioid Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Professional,
My name is Katherine Hampilos and I am a Research Coordinator from the Center for Rural Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (CROP+TR) at Washington State University. CROP+TR is a new center at WSU dedicated to supporting rural communities in Washington as they battle opioid misuse and related problems.
I am writing to invite you to participate in a brief needs survey that will help us better understand the unmet training and technical assistance needs of rural communities in Washington State. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes of your time and you will receive a $5 gift card for your participation. Your anonymous survey feedback will be used to guide the development of opioid-related trainings and other services provided by CROP+TR. Please fill the survey out only once as responses will be checked for duplication. You can access the survey below:
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Washington State University
NEWS AND RESEARCH
For immediate release
July 6, 2020
State launches Washington Listens program to support people affected by the stress of COVID-19
The program includes a phone line to speak with support specialists and connect to community resources
OLYMPIA – In response to COVID-19, Washington has launched Washington Listens, a support program and phone line to help people manage elevated levels of stress due to the pandemic.
People who call the Washington Listens support line will speak with a support specialist and get connected to community resources in their area. The program is anonymous.
"Washington Listens helps people cope and strengthen their resiliency in these uncertain times," said Sue Birch, director of the Washington State Health Care Authority, the agency managing the program. "It complements the state's behavioral health response services by providing an outlet for people who are not in crisis but need an outlet to manage stress."
"This pandemic has had far-reaching effects that extend beyond our physical health. We are still in this fight against this virus, and this assistance will help Washingtonians recover during this uniquely stressful time," said Mike O'Hare, FEMA Region 10 administrator.
The Washington Listens support line is 1-833-681-0211. It is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method.
Providers and tribes that have partnered with Washington Listens include American Indian Community Center, Colville Tribe, Community Integrated Health Services, Crisis Connections, Frontier Behavioral Health, Okanogan Behavioral Healthcare, and Swinomish Tribe.
The Washington Listens support line is made available by a $2.2 million Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) grant funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This program supports short-term interventions to mitigate stress, promote the use or development of coping strategies, and provide emotional support to help Washingtonians understand and process their stress.
Resources and self-help tips are available on walistens.org.
If your organization has openings, please send information to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Mondays.
Mental Health Consultant
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
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