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Change, Transition and Resilience

September whispers the promise of change – students returning to classrooms, sunlight fading earlier, and summer’s warm embrace loosening to welcome the crispness of fall.

In this issue, we’re celebrating 988‘s groundbreaking first year, offering tips to nurture your mind during life’s shifts and spotlighting exciting opportunities to deepen your involvement with Crisis Connections. Dive in, and let’s journey through these transitions together, fostering resilience and well-being in every step. 🌟🍁📚

Be Your Best Self for Back to School
Our expert staff offer tips and reminders on managing stress and caring for yourself

Get plenty of sleep 
Don’t sacrifice rest for another item on your to-do list. 

Exercise daily 
Even a 20-minute walk can help us reset emotionally.

Start your day with something pleasant 
The first mornings of the school year can be chaotic, take time to do one thing for yourself. 

Spend time alone 
Even extroverts can use a few minutes to reflect.

Ask for help 
September can bring ballooning to-do lists, don’t be afraid to ask for help. 

Practice saying ‘no’ 
It can be tempting to try and do everything with everyone, but it’s okay to say no at any time.  

988 Turns One!

Part of a new nationwide mental health crisis lifeline, Crisis Connections, has helped lead the launch of 988 in Washington State.

Since the launch last July,our 988 line has answered more than 35,000 calls in King County, quickly becoming an essential resource for people in crisis. 

Crisis Connections staff have done a remarkable job getting 988 off the ground and have consistently provided compassionate care to callers across our region. Looking ahead, we are eager to expand into text and chat support, reach historically marginalized communities, and increase our marketing, awareness, and social media efforts so that more people are aware of the service and feel welcome to reach out for help. 

Peer-to-Peer Support

The world can feel overwhelming even if one is not in an immediate crisis. No one has to face it alone. This is why we are seeing more calls to our peer-to-peer support lines. If you know an adult grappling with life’s complexities or a teen weathering life’s storms, our Warm Line and Teen Link offer understanding from peers who have been there. It’s not about professional advice or crisis support but a shared peer-to-peer connection. A listening ear can guide you during stress, doubt, or isolation. 🌟📞🤝

Call to Action: Volunteer

Now, more than ever, there’s a pressing need for voices of compassion and understanding. As the demand for Crisis Connections grows, we urgently require volunteers —spanning the Crisis Line, Warm Line, and Teen Link.

Whether it is you or someone you know—Imagine being the lifeline someone reaches for in their darkest hour. By volunteering with Crisis Connections, you’ll be touching lives and transforming your own. Dive into a world where every conversation matters, every story teaches, and every moment has the power to change a trajectory. Join us and become part of a community where compassion meets action, and hope is just a call away.

Volunteer opportunities

Upcoming Events

Connect with us at these community events:

Seattle Human Services Coalition Candidates Forum
September 19, 5:30 – 8pm
University Heights Center

YWCA 2nd Annual Youth Resources and Job Fair
September 20, 3:30-5:30pm

Re-Imagining Behavioral Health: Race, Equity & Social Justice
September 28 – 29

St James Cathedral Annual Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair
Sunday, October 8th, 11am – 2pm

Urban Forest Symposium: Interweaving Indigenous Eco-Ethics & Healing
November 2, 10am – 5:00pm

Crisis Connections in the News

Wall Street Journal — Seattle Votes to Address Mental Health Resources 

Seattle Times — What’s Happened Since Washington’s 988 Crisis Line Launched Last Year? 

King 5 — 988 Saves Local Man’s Life