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OBHC and Washington Listens Offer Covid-19 Support Services

Jun 23, 2020

To help community members cope with stress they may be experiencing as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare (OBHC) is partnering with the Washington State Health Care Authority and the Washington Listens program to provide mental and emotional wellness support during this time of increased need.

The anonymous, free and confidential services, provided by caring, trained mental health support specialists, are available to anyone of any age in Washington, from children and youth to adults and elders.

Just call toll-free 1+ (833) 681-0211 Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 9:00pm, and from 9:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Information, education and emotional support are also available in Spanish.  (Información, educación y apoyo emocional también están disponibles en Español.)

“Each of our families, friends and neighbors has been affected in one way or another by this situation we have never encountered before,” explained OBHC Chief Executive Officer Bill Snyder.  “It’s normal to feel anxious or depressed, and Washington Listens is a safe, easy and anonymous way to discuss and work through concerns, learn new skills for coping with the stress, and get referrals to other resources that may be needed.”

According to the Washington Health Care Authority, OBHC is one of several regional organizations throughout the state, including the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, who are partnering to provide these essential services. 

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