There have been a myriad of issues impacting the Benton County community in 2020: the coronavirus pandemic, recent wildfires along the west coast, an economic recession, and political unrest are just a few. While all of these factors can lead to stress and anxiety, you’re not alone: there are a number of phone helplines available, including Line of Life’s Safe + Strong Helpline, created in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority.
According to Lines for Life’s website, the Safe + Strong Helpline is an emotional support and resource referral line that can assist anyone who is struggling and seeking support. Call counselors listen, assess needs, and problem-solve with referral to community services and resources if needed.
“Many of us are juggling concerns about wildfires and smoke, COVID-19, political unrest, financial instability, and more, in addition to the everyday things we personally struggle with,” the website states. “Disasters can leave us feeling increased anxiety, worry, anger, or depression. In these challenging times, we provide emotional support, mental health triage, drug and alcohol counseling, or just connection with a person who cares.”
Safe + Strong also provides daily COVID-19 updates, resources, and information, in addition to information about community support, such as health care for immigrants and refugees, information for families and children, and resources for people with disabilities, to name a few.
The Safe + Strong Helpline can be reached at 1-800-923-HELP (4357).
For general questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Benton County’s Phone Bank at 541-766-6120.
Additional helplines, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Alcohol and Drug Helpline, and Military Helpline can be found on the Safe + Strong website.
By Jada Krening