Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health services through ESD 123 provides a network of support for schools and increases access to care for students. Rather than serving as a direct service provider, the ESD Behavioral Health Navigator's role is to engage in regional K–12 and healthcare partnerships through relationships and collaboration activities that will ultimately increase access to care. Through dedicated Behavioral Health services, Washington’s ESDs are playing a critical role in navigating complex systems and access to care for youth.

What we have to offer:

  • Join our Regional School Counselor & Social Worker Network! Contact Edona Tahiraj at etahiraj@esd123.org to sign up!
  • Coordination of behavioral health resources, supports, service providers, schools, school districts, and communities in the ESD region
  • Assistance for schools to identify and support students in need of behavioral health care services and link them to resources
  • Technical assistance and support for policy and procedure development
  • Suicide prevention trainings for school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, and school social workers

Behavioral Health Resources:

  • Mental, Social, & Behavioral Health through OSPI - OSPI provides resources and programs that are beneficial in maintaining a student's mental, social and behavioral health.
  • DOH Behavioral Health Toolbox provides tips on how to navigate some of the emotional responses that families may experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Educators can use this information to help children, teens, and families recover from disasters and grow stronger.
  • Digital Wellness Program focuses on positively impacting the emotional well-being of teens and promoting mental health. Includes free curriculum, resources, and implementation tools to make an impact as a student mental health advocate, educator, or parent.
  • Findhelp.org - Find and connect to direct services such as behavioral health care agencies and supports. Also includes resources for food assistance, paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs.

Resources for School Websites - Requirement of SHB 1373

SHB 1373 requires every public school to publish behavioral health resources on their website. ESD 123 has compiled the list of national and state resources below for schools to add to their websites and utilize as needed.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources.
1-800-273-8255
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Crisis Intervention

Crisis Connections: The 24-Hour Crisis Line provides immediate help to individuals, families, and friends of people in emotional crisis. They can help link you to the appropriate services.
24-Hour Crisis Line: 866-427-4747
www.crisisconnections.org

Teen Link is a confidential and anonymous help line for teens. Trained teen volunteers are available to talk with you about any issue of concern.
Teen Link: 866-833-6546
www.teenlink.org

Depression, Anxiety, or Counseling

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI works to educate, advocate, listen and lead to improve the lives of people with mental illness and their loved ones.
888-999-6264
www.nami.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) WA:
1107 NE 45th Street, Suite 330 Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 783-4288
https://namiwa.org

24/7 Crisis Line text NAMI to 741741

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA): Contact the Helpline for support, resources, and treatment options for yourself or a loved one.
1-800-931-2237 Mon-Thurs 8am-6pm, Fri 8am-2pm
For a crisis, text “NEDA” to 741741
www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders)
Our free, eating disorders Helpline is available for treatment referrals, support and encouragement, and general questions about eating disorders.
Call the Helpline: 888-375-7767
www.anad.org

Substance Abuse

WA Recovery Help Line: Anonymous, confidential 24-hour help line for Washington State residents. This help line is for those experiencing substance use disorder, problem gambling, and/or a mental health challenge.
866-789-1511
www.warecoveryhelpline.org

SAMHSA’s National Helpline: SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
800-662-4357.
www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

Mental Health Referral System

Washington 2-1-1 provides the most current and comprehensive database of community resources in the State of Washington.
In need of help? Dial 211 or 877-211-9274
Text 898211
www.wa211.org

Washington’s Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens: Connects families with local mental health providers. Referrals are made for children and teens aged 17 and younger, and any Washington family can use this free service.
833-303-5437
www.seattlechildrens.org/clinics/washington-mental-health-referral-service/

Want to learn more?

Edona Tahiraj
Behavioral Health Navigator
PH: 509.412.2170
etahiraj@esd123.org
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