Mental Health & Wellness

Call 503-655-8585 - the Clackamas County Crisis Line - they are there for you!

Hope and connection are important in these trying times. While the Clackamas County Mental Health Center is not open to walk-ins, the phone number is available 24/7. This number is not just a crisis line, the staff there can provide support for anyone who might be worried or anxious about what is going on.

Mental Health Crisis Lines

Clackamas County Crisis Line
503-655-8585
Provides 24/7, free, and confidential support.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK
Provides 24/7, free, and confidential support. Military veterans may press ‘1’ for specialized care.

Oregon Youthline
877-968-8491
Text: teen2teen to 839863
Chat: online
Email: youthl@linesforlife.org

Senior Loneliness Line
503-200-1633
Provides 24/7, free, and confidential support to older adults.

The Trevor Project Suicide Prevention Lifeline for LGBTQ youth
1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)

Trans Lifeline's Peer Support Hotline
877-565-8860
Peer support service run by trans people.

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255; press #1

Remember, call the Clackamas County crisis and support line at 503-655-8585 or your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. You are not alone in this. They are there to support you.

Domestic Violence Resources

Outbreaks and disasters can lead to increases in domestic violence. Please know help is always available.

Hotlines

  • LOPD Emergency: 911
  • LOPD Non-emergency: (503) 635-0238
  • National Sexual Assault 24-Hr Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
  • National Domestic Violence 24-Hr Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE

Shelters

What if I suspect a child is being abused?

Please call the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline to report suspected child abuse or neglect at 1-855-503-(SAFE)7233. More resources are available at the Oregon Child Welfare website.

Elder Abuse

If you need to report suspected elder abuse about yourself or someone else, please contact Lake Oswego Adult Resources Officer Dawn Pecoraro at 503-635-0221 or dpecoraro@lakeoswego.city. You can also call the state-wide abuse hotline at 855-503-SAFE (7233).

Help for Gambling Addiction

If you have a gambling addiction that is made worse by events related to COVID-19 support is available. Visit the Oregon Health Authority to find resources to help you. Treatment and counseling services are available free to any Oregon resident who has problems related to gambling either as a problem gambler or as a family member or friend of a problem gambler.

Problem Gambling Helpline
Call: 1-877- My Limit (1-877-695-4648) or by Instant Messaging/Chat/Email

Help Children Cope with the Stress they May be Experiencing

Children often react to stressful events differently than adults. How the child in your life reacts will vary by age and experience. Children react in part on what they see from adults around them. When parents and caregivers can deal with an event calmly and confidently, they provide can provide strong support for the children in their lives.

You can find more resources and learn about how to support children of all ages by visiting CDC’s Helping Children Cope website.

Five ways adults can support children and each other:

  1. Remain as calm as possible. The most important thing that we can do is to remain as calm as possible. Consider small things that you can do each day to calm your mind and body. Even a moment or two of quiet can go a long way. You can model this for your children, or have them practice calming strategies with you.
  2. Children are looking to us for guidance. Children will often mirror our emotions, words, and body language. You do not have to be perfect, but do pay close attention to what you say and do, what media you interact with and how it affects your mood and behavior. It is important to stay updated, but also to take breaks from the news when overwhelmed.
  3. Provide a safe emotional place. The more we can provide a safe emotional place for ourselves and children, the less fearful and stressed we will become. Children often fear what they do not understand. Make time to listen, and calmly and directly provide them with clear and accurate information that is appropriate to their age. Expect them to ask the same question more than once. If you’re not sure of the answer you can find information about COVID-19 and how to talk with children on the CDC and OHA websites.
  4. Take action. There is a great deal that we cannot control right now, and feeling powerless may increase our anxiety and distress. The more we empower ourselves and children to control the things that we can, the better. Use this as an opportunity to teach children how to reduce the spread of disease. That may mean offering instructions about washing hands for at least 20 seconds, keeping at least six feet away from others and coughing or sneezing into a tissue and discarding it. It is important to remember that exerting too much control of children’s lives might lead them to feel more anxious. Allow them to make age-appropriate decisions about how to spend their time.
  5. Find ways to stay connected with others.  Being alone or isolated from friends, family, classmates and other supports can make being out of work or school particularly challenging. Make sure to connect with others at a distance as much as possible. Use the telephone, video conferencing and other forms of messaging and communication to keep in touch, and schedule time with others. Help children to connect with friends and family, and schedule as much quality time with them as possible. Also, make sure to take time and space away from others if needed. 

A few more helpful tips: 

  • Take a break from the news

Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

  • Take care of your body

Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.

  • Make time to unwind

Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

  • Talk to someone about your concerns 

Remember, call the Clackamas County crisis and support line at 503-655-8585 or your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. You are not alone in this. They are there to support you.