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The City of Kirkland Senior Council and EvergreenHealth have published a comprehensive East King County Resource Guide at resourceguide@Kirklandwa.gov.  However, accessing and digesting the Resource Guide to find timely information is like trying to take a drink out of a fire hydrant.  How does one know they would benefit from mental health resources in Kirkland?  Is it possible to avoid the stigma of accessing mental health services in Kirkland?  What if a person is resource-limited?  What if the person is homeless?  What if the person does not understand or speak English? Moreover, many resources in the Resource Guide are outside the Kirkland City Limits.  The following is a work in progress developed by the RCKD and HART team members in the Kirkland government for anyone in Kirkland to access timely help by phone or internet. You are encouraged to research your issue, but resources to mitigate the listed ten needs are provided as a starting place to save you time and effort. Need transportation? Metro bus drivers will help you ride to any stop on a Metro route, even for free, if you cannot afford the fare.

The RCKD/Hart team has vetted each entry.   A brief explanation of the service follows the phone numbers. URLs are provided for you to read more about the identified services.

Public Safety Answering Point Emergency only.  When you or someone else feels depressed, anxious, sad, or lonely.  You or someone else has a substance use disorder. You or someone else is experiencing suicidal thoughts or psychosis.  Police will answer and may show up. On the other hand, if one is suffering and requires immediate help, 911 should be the first phone call.   

National Suicide Prevention. If you or your friend are about to commit suicide, call 911 for immediate help. In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to be operated through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  988 uses your phone area code to identify your local call center, but whoever answers will coordinate with local emergency services, usually your local police or fire department.  It may take up to 10 minutes to reach a counselor.  Counselors are knowledgeable and caring. 

St. Francis House – Located 9 miles from Kirkland 169 12th Ave. Seattle.  St. Francis House serves the homeless and working poor of King County. No one is turned away. This program serves anyone needing food, clothing, household items, and hygiene kits. Also, Finn Hill Food Pantry in Kirkland is open on Fridays from 9-12. 425-823-9334

URL:  https://www.stfrancishouseseattle.org/get-help               

Union Gospel Mission Although Union Gospel Mission (UGM) is in Seattle at 3088 Othello Street.   UGM sends a vehicle to Kirkland to fetch folks needing their care who cannot access a bus.  UGM provides immediate shelter and food and assigns a case worker to assist in helping the willing attain employment, housing, and a productive and more enjoyable life.

URL:  https://gethelp@UGM.org/

EvergreenHealth – For severe urgent emergency care, call 911 for an ambulance.  EvergreenHealth at 12040 NE 128th Street in Kirkland experiences high volumes, resulting in longer than average wait times. EvergreenHealth works to serve everyone in our community.

URL: https://www.evergreenhealth.com/health-services/emergency-care/

Hopelink – Since 1971, Hopelink has served homeless and low-income families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities in King and Snohomish counties, providing stability and helping people gain the skills and knowledge they need to exit poverty for good. Hopelink’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency for all community members.  No help confusing phone recorded messages.

URL:  https://www.explorekirkland.com/listing/hopelink/384/               Kirkland Employment?  Lutheran Community Services email 2/24

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Accessible to the community by providing multiple entrance points and educational pathways.  The college is a conduit for students to upgrade their skills, transition into new careers or further their education and training for understanding and a better life.

URL:    www.LWTech.edu       Email: admission.coach@LWTech.edu  or Jenn Boone  Hopelink. LW tech 425-739-8100

Lake Washington School District Counseling.  Provides robust services to educate youth in Kirkland.  Services include but are not limited to enrolling students in school and meeting Kirkland youth needs through an ongoing process focused on Community Resource Officers.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration SAMSA is a confidential, free information service for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Peter Kirk Community Center  Support groups, billiards & games, wellness social worker, Zumba, yoga,  dancing, van trips, fitness, Latino services, book club, party bridge, Tai Chi & stretching.  Lunch on Mondays and Tuesdays for anyone 60+ requires pre-registration.

Regional Crisis Response Team
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Seeking help is a sign of strength.
In Kirkland, you're never alone on your journey towards mental wellness.