Now, like so many organizations, LifeWorks NW has had to adjust services during the pandemic. But it continues to offer its services ranging from residential services, mental health crisis response, group substance abuse sessions, one on one mental health therapy, and family and parenting support–using telehealth wherever possible to keep consumers and staff safe.
And, like so many other nonprofits this spring, its annual fundraiser, “Something to Talk About,” is moving online, beginning April 23. People interested in hearing stories of hope, learning more about LifeWorks NW and contributing to its efforts can register at lifeworksnw.org/event/something-to-talk-about/ or come there on April 23 to link to this event.
For example, listeners will hear from Anthony [not his real name], who began struggling with depression and other symptoms of mental illness while a teen. By the time he was 18, he had dropped out of high school and a few years later attempted suicide for the first time. And then, he connected with LifeWorks NW, where he found therapy, educational and employment support, and a staff he trusted and sensed believed in him. Now he is a successful college student, with a job helping at-risk high school students prepare for college. He continues to benefit from LifeWorks NW, and is well on the road to his long-range goal of supporting others in need of mental health services.
“The Coronavirus has changed mental health services dramatically, moving most consumers to telehealth,” says Monnat. “We are keenly aware that mental and physical health are intertwined, and we provide holistic care, working closely with medical providers (often in medical offices in our own clinics) to ensure that people receive the care they need to maximize their wellbeing and thrive. Our consumers rely on the continuity of our services as a calming port in a storm.”
LifeWorks NW is supporting consumers throughout this pandemic:
- Providing cell phones for those who do not have access to the technology needed to participate in their virtual appointments while staying home and staying safe.
- Sending care packages with diapers, wipes, formula and other necessities to the most at-risk families to get them through until our community partners are able to provide assistance again.
And throughout, LifeWorks NW continues to provide mental health, prevention and addiction services throughout the lifespan. To learn more about this event, go to lifeworksnw.org/event/something-to-talk-about/