Health Resources

Health Resources

Regional Health Resources

If you need health insurance or care

These options can help when you lose coverage, do not get health insurance through an employer, or qualify for additional coverage. There are special options for COFA islanders, members of tribes, and small businesses.

See the Oregon Health Authority webpage to find out more information on how to apply for the Oregon Health Plan.

Find private plans sold on HealthCare.gov, or find healthcare providers.

If you need mental health support

  • Multnomah County Call Center/Crisis Line: If you or somebody you know is having trouble functioning, we are here to listen. Our team of mental health professionals is prepared to help anyone experiencing mental health issues at any time, in any language.
    • 503-988-4888 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Washington County Call Center/Crisis Line: Help is available for people experiencing a mental health crisis. Concerned friends, family or community members are also encouraged to call. If you speak a language other than English, a phone interpreter will be provided.
    • 503-291-9111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Yamhill County Call Center/Crisis Line: Yamhill County Health and Human Services provides Urgent Mental Health Services for Yamhill County Health and Human Services clientele and individuals in psychiatric crisis presenting at our offices, local emergency departments or who are interfacing with law enforcement in the community.
    • 844-842-8200 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Columbia County Call Center/Crisis Line: Crisis intervention is available 24 hours a day through telephone, walk-in, and mobile services. Mobile crisis services are provided in the community and at the location where the crisis is occurring. If you need help after hours, our main office line or Direct Crisis Line provides telephonic support with the ability to deploy on-site services if needed.
    • 503-397-5211 or 1-866-866-1426 (after hours)
  • Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Urgent Walk-In Clinic: This clinic is open 7 days a week, from 7am–10:30pm, and is located at  4212 SE Division St., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97206. Insurance is not a barrier.
    • 503-674-7777
  • Kaiser Crisis Line: 503-331-6425
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: English: 800-273-8255 Spanish: 800-628-9454
  • Oregon Youthline: YouthLine is a free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. Text: Teen2Teen to 839863 to instantly text with another person.
    • 877-968-8491
  • Trevor Project: The Trevor Project supports LBGTQiA+ Youth. Their trained counselors are available 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline. Text START to 678678 or call (866) 488-7386.
  • My3-Support Network App: MY3, a mobile application (mobile app), is owned and maintained by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. MY3 is for individuals who may be having thoughts of suicide, or who have a history of suicidal behavior. It is designed to help these individuals stay safe when they are experiencing thoughts of suicide.
  • Alcohol Effects, Addiction Treatment, and Resources:  Addiction Group is dedicated to help individuals suffering from substance abuse
  • Alcohol Rehab Help:  fact-based and original, all sourced from current scientific research, ensuring content is accurate, relevant, and up-to-date with current research and addiction terminology.
  • Recovery Champions:  get personalized addiction treatment through evidence-based practices, trauma counseling, and treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders.
  • Treating Military Trauma & Addiction:  JourneyPure helps veterans live in peace.
  • The Oregon Recovery Network and MyRecoveryLink offer digital recovery support.
  • Sleep During a Crisis:  How to support your mental health and sleep
  • Sprout Therapy:  Even as businesses begin to reopen, many families are struggling to adjust to new situations at home, including restless children, homeschooling and protecting family health during the pandemic.
  • Sunshine Behavioral Health:  Free online support groups, highlighting: non-profit hotlines and sources; social distancing information; and tele-health.
  • Surviving Tough Times by Building Resilience:  Whether you’re facing a global or personal crisis—or a mix of both—building resilience can help you cope with stress, overcome adversity, and enjoy the better days to come.
  • The Recovery Village: our team has launched a Teletherapy Program. Those is need now have access to one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and various online services virtually with a licensed professional, improving their chances of a successful recovery.

If you are experiencing domestic violence

Find support and learn about available resources, including shelter information. Contact Call to Safety (formerly Portland Women’s Crisis Line), a 24-hour helpline providing resources and support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, at 503-235-5333 or toll-free at 1-800-235-5333.

PCC Campus Outreach & Advocacy Project: For PCC students, the Campus Outreach & Advocacy Project provides confidential supportive services to students who have experienced harm. Contact hayley.hayes@pcc.edu[opens in new window] for more information about the advocacy and services available at the college and in the community. Work cell: 503-619-7041 (texting available).

Broader Coronavirus Resources

During a global pandemic like COVID-19, it’s not surprising that we are seeing a lot of conflicting information flying around, and particularly on social media.  Some of the news and updates we are consuming at the moment will be well-sourced and backed up by experts – but a lot of what you’re seeing could well just be rumours and speculation.  Misinformation undermines global efforts to follow good health and hygiene practices, and can put both individuals and the wider public at greater risk.

Here is a list of resources to turn to when you are looking for answers about coronavirus. If you’re not sure about something you’ve heard or read online, you can double-check it with a trusted source before sharing it on.

1. The World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) is publishing rolling updates on the coronavirus situation as well as useful infographics and explainers, and should be your first port of call for new assessments of what is going on.

The WHO has also got a really handy page on common coronavirus myths — covering everything from whether eating garlic or taking a bath can help prevent you catching it (they can’t), to discussion about what age people are most susceptible.

2. The National Health Service

The UK’s NHS is another excellent resource. It includes easy to understand advice about symptoms, and what to do if you think you have them.

It also gives details of how and under which circumstances you need to self-isolate, and for how long, and on how to get a self-isolation medical advice note to get to your employer.

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3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collated a lot of useful information and resources on COVID-19, including how to protect yourself and what to do if you’re sick, as well as information about travel, schools and childcare, and for businesses and employers.

There are also regular news updates, and a map of cases reported so far in the US. You can also sign up for email updates.

4. The BBC Coronavirus Podcast

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has launched a Coronavirus Global Update podcast, which includes a daily round-up on the spread of coronavirus.

It also includes reports from affected areas, details of the latest medical information, and the impact on health, business, and travel.

5. COVID-19 Facts

The COVID-19 Facts website works to collate information from sources including the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the World Health Organization, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

It also features a series covering myths around coronavirus, including analysis by the Economist Intelligence Unit of where the myth came from, and what experts say about it.

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6. The New Scientist Podcast

The New Scientist podcast is becoming increasingly focused on COVID-19 — including episodes and pandemic preparations; the spread of COVID-19 and the importance of hand washing; the coronavirus vaccine; and a coronavirus special on disaster preparation and environmental change.

7. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The content platform of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Optimist, is sharing stories, research, and news stories about coronavirus from the Foundation.

The platform works to convene expert voices from across the global health sector, including sharing expert perspectives and updates on the response to COVID-19 — and you can also sign up for the Optimist’s news digest.

8. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The LSHTM launched its new podcastLSHTM Viral in January 2020, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, and is releasing a new episode every week. It specifically focuses on the science behind outbreaks and how we respond to them.

Meanwhile, the LSHTM is also launching an online short course, for those who want to better understand the emergence of COVID-19, and how we respond to it moving forward.

The free-of-charge course launches on March 23, and will cover topics like: how COVID-19 emerged and was identified; public health measures worldwide; and what’s needed to address COVID-19 in the future.

You can see all of Global Citizen’s COVID-19 coverage here.

9.  National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus