WA Program for COVID Mental Health Support

Washington Listens is a new program providing nonclinical support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19.  Please share with your clients and networks!  Callers will be connected to a support specialist, and referred to community resources in their area.  The program is anonymous and no identifying information is maintained.  

Virtual Event

Please join us for an all-new, free, virtual Spirit of Hope!
This year our annual fundraiser has a new look and feel as we transition our annual fundraiser to a virtual platform. Register today for this free, virtual event! Spirit of Hope festivities include:
Inspiring keynote address from Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks and a long-time Skagit County community member
Access to exclusive raffle items, $25 per ticket or 5 for $100. Raffle items include a chance to win an Eddyline Kayak, experiences in La Conner, Winthrop, Anacortes, and more!
Spirit of Hope “Have a Heart” cocktail recipe from the Revival Cocktail Lounge.
Raise the Paddle to support Community Action’s greatest needs during the COVID 19 crisis.
If you would like to join my team, I am team We HEART Volunteers.

IRETA Free Webinar

When Helping Hurts: Understanding the Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS), also referred to as Compassion Fatigue is defined as the indirect exposure to difficult, disturbing, and/or traumatic images and stories of the suffering of others. Now, the fight against two global pandemics plaguing this country: health and systemic racism is amplifying all the factors that lead to compassion fatigue. These pandemics demand an increased need for front line and direct response workers to fulfill the medical, mental, and social health needs of the families and communities impacted. When Helping Hurts: Understanding the Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress training is an overview designed to bring awareness to the systematic impact of STS, offer a safe space for helping and healthcare professionals to learn strategies for managing STS and also to assist our front line workers in providing from a full well of compassion rejuvenation.

During this webinar you will learn how to:

  • Identify the signs and contributing factors to compassion satisfaction and secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue and burn-out.
  • Identify and implement the parallel process of healthy boundary setting and self-advocacy from staff to student, practitioner to client or caregiver to loved one.
  • Identify and implement strategies for managing themselves in highly emotional charged interactions with clients and/or loved ones.
  • Incorporate Trauma informed top down and bottom up practices (Cognitive Processing, Grounding, Deep Breathing/Relaxation and Mindfulness exercises) in their daily regimen

Presenter: Sharise Nance (also known as the Compassion Fatigue Lady) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Adjunct Professor, Award Winning Entrepreneur and Author. She is the co-owner and founder of HandinHand Counseling Services, LLC outpatient mental health services and founder of Vitamin C Healing, LLC an organization designed to promote life balance, satisfaction, and fulfillment among those throughout the helping profession and beyond.

$0 fee to register! Set up an account with IRETA to register today!


Learn with Auntie Lena and Possum

Look, Listen and Learn follows the loving tradition of Mr. Rogers, Shari Lewis of Lamb Chop, and Sesame Street. With Auntie Lena and Possum, children develop social-emotional skills and a love for learning through educational activities including storytelling, art and cooking. LL+L is streaming on YouTube and airs on local TV stations including Seattle Channel and King County TV

Look, Listen and Learn (LL+L) produces children’s television to bridge the achievement gap in Washington so that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) kids enter school ready to learn and able to succeed. Featuring local children and teachers at learning venues across King County, LL+L applies brain development knowledge to foster learning and enhance caregiver relationships.

United Way of Skagit County

If your children (between the ages of 1 to 18) live within Sedro-Woolley city limits or the Mount Vernon Schools boundaries for Centennial Elementary School or Washington Elementary School, and would benefit from having a little extra food over the weekend, PLEASE register for free delivery of a bag of food for each child!  Each bag has a couple of breakfast items, some lunch food and snacks.  Your name/address will not be shared with anyone other than the food bank & delivery drivers.

Supporting Childrens Social and Emotional Well Being