Washington launches WA Listens for those with elevated stress

Nov 20 2020, 1:34 pm

It’s totally normal if you’re feeling elevated stress levels in reaction to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As a way to help alleviate the stress, Washington has launched Washington Listens, a support program and phone line to help anyone who’s currently in need of someone to talk to.

The program keeps callers’ names and information anonymous and connects them to support specialists and community resources in their area.

“Washington Listens helps people cope and strengthen their resiliency in these uncertain times,” said Sue Birch, director of the Washington State Health Care Authority, in a press release. “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.”

The Washington Listens support line is available from 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Washingtonians can access the line by calling 1-833-681-0211.

More information can be found at walistens.org.

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