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State launches Washington Listens program to support people affected by the stress of COVID-19

Jul 6, 2020
By Kailey Davis
NBC Right Now
https://www.nbcrightnow.com/news/state-launches-washington-listens-program-to-support-people-affected-by-the-stress-of-covid-19/article_5031fa06-bfd1-11ea-8911-cf6eb9cb7118.html


OLYMPIA – In response to COVID-19, Washington has launched Washington Listens, a support program and phone line to help people manage elevated levels of stress due to the pandemic.

People who call the Washington Listens support line will speak with a support specialist and get connected to community resources in their area. The program is anonymous.

“Washington Listens helps people cope and strengthen their resiliency in these uncertain times,” said Sue Birch, director of the Washington State Health Care Authority, the agency managing the program. “It complements the state’s behavioral health response services by providing an outlet for people who are not in crisis but need an outlet to manage stress.”

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