As we prepare for another school year, we can’t help but think about the lasting impact of the pandemic on students’ learning and mental health. The anxiety of being in-person and the national trauma of past school shootings can be overwhelming. 

If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call or text the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988, or King County’s Crisis Line at 1-866-4CRISIS or 206-461-3222.

This Back to School season, we are sharing mental health resources for youth, parents and families, and school staff. NAMI Seattle is also hosting a free, virtual Ending the Silence presentation series to engage our community on youth mental health.


NAMI WA Resource Guide includes a list of resources, crisis lines and local NAMI affiliates as well as a blank note page to add personal resources, self-care techniques, and more.

NAMI’s Youth and Young Adult Resources includes statistics, research and resources for young people, educators, parents and caregivers.

Western Washington College Student Resources(pdf)

King County Inpatient Care and Outpatient Services (pdf)

Information for Families & Youth (pdf)

Support Groups for Families & Youth (pdf)

NAMI Seattle’s Family-to-Family course: 8-session educational program for family, partners and friends of people living with mental illness. Sign up to be on the early notification list for the next upcoming class. (18 years and older)

NAMI Seattle’s Support Groups: (18 years and older.)

Washington Mental Health Health Resources:

  • Crisis Connections:
    • 24 Hour Crisis Line 1-866-4CRISIS or 206-461-3222
    • WA Recovery Help Line 1-866-789-1511
    • WA Warm Line 1-877-500-WARM (9276)

Mental Health Resources:

  • National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988

Confidential help 24/7. You can also visit the Lifeline’s website at

  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1
  • Crisis Text Line: text START to 741-741

Confidential service available 24/7 to help anyone, in any type of crisis, by connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.

  • Línea Directa de Prevención del Suicidio y Apoyo de Crisis de 24/7: 988
  • NAMI HelpLine: 800-950-6264
  • NAMI 24 Hour Crisis Text Line: Text NAMI to 741741
  • The National Sexual Assault Hotline: Call 800-656-HOPE (4673) or Chat:
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7: Call 1-800.799.SAFE (7233) or Text START to 88788
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline, Deaf Services 24/7: 1-800-812-1001 (TTY) or 1-800-787-3224 (videophone)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline: 1-800-622-HELP (4357)

Teen Specific:




Free app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It’s private and password protected. Available for Apple and Android


Free app with coping strategies, an informational directory, a diary, mood tracker, and other resources. Available for Apple and Android.