Resources for Youth and Families

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OSD Technology Help DeskWelcome to the Olympia School District 

Looking for information about support groups, crisis lines, help with meals or bills, social and emotional wellness, or tips for taming toddler temper tantrums? You can find all that and much more here at our Resources for Youth and Families webpage.

Whether you're a family that's brand new to the Olympia School District, or just wondering where to go to find answers to specific questions you've never known how to answer, here is a great place to start!

We know how overwhelming it can be at the beginning of a "typical" school year, much less now that COVID-19 has redefined what our educational setting looks like. Please do not be afraid to connect with us via any of the contact information included below. We are here to answer your questions!


Community Resources


National Suicide Prevention Hotlines


National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States.

1-800-273-8255; LGBTQ Helpline: 1-866-488-7386.


Trans Lifeline for peer support

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and micro grants non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.



Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Youth

Our trained counselors are here to support you 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 now at: 1-866-488-7386, text START to 678678.


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LGBTQAI+ Local and National Resources



PFLAG Olympia Chapter

(360) 207-1608
Group meetings, one-on-one meetings, events and workshops.


Pizza Klatch
Fostering resilience in LGBTQ+ youth to create a safe and positive school experience through support, education and empowerment.


Stonewall Youth

(360) 705-2738

Stonewall Youth is a youth-led organization that empowers LGBTQ+ youth to speak for themselves, support each other, educate our communities, and work for social justice.  Group meetings, emotional support, LGBTQ events, counseling referrals.

OSPI - Gender Inclusive Schools
Civil rights laws prohibit discrimination and discriminatory harassment on the basis of gender expression and gender identity in Washington public schools. All students have the right to be treated consistent with their gender identity at school.



It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe.t Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe.

The Jefferson Center:  How Adults Allies can support LGBTQ youth.


LGBT National Youth Talkline

(800) 246-7743
Free and confidential peer support for the LGBTQ & questioning community ages 25 and younger.

PFLAG National Organization
PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.

Trans Lifeline for peer support

(877) 565-8860
Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and micro grants non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.


Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Youth

1-866-488-7386, text START to 678678.
Our trained counselors are here to support you 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 now at: 1-866-488-7386, text START to 678678.

Chat online


The Trevor Project Ally training
This training is designed to create dialogue around being an adult ally for LGBTQ youth by informing participants about common terminology, the “coming out” process, and challenges at home, in school, and the community.


The Trevor Project: The Coming Out Handbook
Explore what coming out means to you with tools and guiding questions.



Crisis Resources


Crisis Clinic of Thurston County

The Crisis Clinic of Thurston County strives to empower people, especially those in crisis, through telephone intervention, and information and referral, every hour of the year.

Crisis Line: (360) 586-2800/1-800-627-2211


Catholic Community Resources - Crisis Stabilization Services

Crisis stabilization services are designed to assist youth who are experiencing a mental health crisis to help them remain in their homes and avoid hospitalization.

(360) 480-5721 


Youth Helpline:

Are you a youth needing someone to talk to? The Teen/Youth Help Line is a 24/7; free, completely confidential and totally anonymous phone line that you can call to talk about anything.

(360) 586-2777


Emergency Shelter Network Hotline

If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, please call the 24-hour homeless hotline at:

(844) 628-7343


Olympia Health and Recovery Services

Provide access to an effective, reliable safety net of behavioral health crisis and recovery support services throughout our region.

(360) 754-1338


SafePlace Olympia Helpline

SafePlace works to put an end to sexual and domestic violence through crisis intervention and education.

(360) 754-6300


StrongHearts Native Helpline for domestic/sexual violence

StrongHearts Native Helpline is a safe dating and sexual violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives.






Behavioral Health Resources

As a multi-county provider of mental health and addiction recovery services, BHR offers programs and services to individuals, children, youth and families in the areas of mental health and chemical dependency recovery.

(360) 704-7170


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Non-Medicaid/Private Counseling

Contact your medical insurance provider to obtain a list of in-network counseling providers.


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Partners in Prevention and Education (PIPE)Opening in a new window

Opening in a new windowFree therapy and support groups available to youth and young adult (ages 13-30) survivors of child sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault and/or sexual exploitation who are homeless, street-dependent, or at-risk for becoming homeless.317 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 357-4472


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Opening in a new windowCo-occurring Disorders: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Gambling Addiction Counseling1230 Carpenter Rd. SE, Suite C-3, Lacey, WA 98503

(360) 799-5782


SeaMar Behavioral Health

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We are a state-licensed community mental health agency. Our team of behavioral health providers is committed to the highest quality evidence-based treatment that is individualized to the needs of each child and family.

3030 Limited Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 491-1399


Washington Listens Fact Sheet

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Washington Listens is a free, anonymous service for anyone in the state. It provides support to people who feel sad, anxious, or stressed due to the events of this year.


Community Youth Services - Transitional Age Youth Program (TAY)

TAY offers therapy and peer counseling when and where a youth needs it.
(360) 918-7860

Community Youth Services - MultiSystemic Therapy (MST)

MST is effective with providing an intensive home and community based treatment to help families reduce acting out behaviors in their 12-17 year old.
(360) 918-7860

Catholic Community Services - Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe)

WISe is a voluntary service that takes a team approach to meeting your child’s needs. It provides intensive mental health services to support your child and helps your family reach your goals.
(360) 878-8248


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Support Groups


Family Alliance for Mental Health

Support group for parents with children or youth who struggle with social, emotional, behavioral challenges and mental health needs

(360) 790-7505



Grief Support Group for children and teens

(877) 620-3286 or (360) 493-5928


South Sound Parent to Parent

All families caring for someone with special needs will receive the support and resources they need to feel empowered, encouraged, and supported.



NAMI  is an organization that advocates for better lives of those who have a mental illness, and offers support and education.
(360) 493-6021



Groceries & Meals


Olympia School District Child Nutrition Services

Get the most recent information on meal distribution in OSD, including information on Free and Reduced lunches.


Rosie's Place Engagement Center (for ages 12-24)

We can help with food, shower vouchers, clothing, crisis intervention, shelter, family counseling, first aid, drug/alcohol treatment, hygiene supplies, job search and goal setting, legal support and advocacy, untangling school problems…and more!


520 Pear St. S.E., Olympia

(360) 943-0780 Ext. 186


The Community Kitchen at Salvation Army

Lunch 11 a.m. - noon; Dinner 5 - 6 p.m.

824 5th Ave. S.E, Olympia

(360) 352-8596


Thurston County Food Bank

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Housing & Finance


Community Action Council

The Community Action Council (CAC) strengthens individuals and families to lessen the impacts of poverty. Particularly in the areas of community engagement, health, hunger and housing.

(360) 438-1100


City Gates Ministries

In the course of connecting people in need to community resources, we seek to help them become emotionally and financially independent of programs and social services.

(360) 705-8340


City of Olympia Utilities (COVID-19 Utilities Relief Program)

City of Olympia utility customers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency can have their utility payments deferred for 60 days without interest or penalties.


Department of Financial Institutions

Visit this site for assistance with unemployment, mortgage, credit card, rent, utility and student loan payments


Employment Security Department Unemployment Benefits

(800) 318-6022


Evergreen Christian/Community Care Services

(360) 352-3410


Poverty Action Council Economic Resources


Puget Sound Energy Assistance


Sacred Heart Emergency Outreach

Food pantry and utility and rent assistance.

(360) 923-0929


 Catholic Community Services

(360) 753-3340



(360) 709-0931


 Community Youth Services

(360) 515-5587


 Sidewalk Housing Services

(360) 515-5587


 Family Support Center of South Sound

(360) 943-1139


 Homes First

(360) 236-0920


 Housing Authority of Thurston County

(360) 753-8292


 SafePlace Olympia

(360) 754-6300


 Rosie's Place Engagement Center

(360) 943-0780


 Salvation Army

(360) 352-8596


 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families


 Thurston County Legal Services

(360) 705-8194


 Emergency Housing Information

Emergency Shelter Hotline



 Thurston County Rent Assistance


 United Way of Thurston County (provides assistance with rent, utilities and other basic needs).

Call Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

(360) 438-1100 or 1-800-878-5235


 Veterans Families United

Veterans Families United will provide gentle, accessible and holistic healing resources for Veterans.


 Washington State (COVID-19) Website


 Salvation Army Warm Home Fund

(360) 352-8596 Ext. 3



Internet/Phone Options



Child Care Options




Other Community Resources




Thurston County Legislators


22nd District


35th District


Parenting Resources and Supports


Talking to Children About Violence: Resources for Parents



Parenting Supports & Resources


Please view the YouTube links of past parenting presentations hosted by the Olympia School District. 


OSD Parenting Presentations


Topic Date Presenters Video Link
Empowered Parents Raise Empowered Children 2/23/21 Taryn Tessneer & Gale Luce
Understanding Anxiety in children
3/23/21 Cathy Gudgel & Lisa Perry
Should Parents “Fix” Unhappiness?: Guiding Your Child to Handle the Ups and Downs of Life
4/27/21 Denise Hammer, Kris Norelius & Faith Abeyta


Parenting Classes


Parenting Websites


Parenting Tool Videos


Parenting FAQ


Mental Health/Social Emotional Resources

I’m worried about my child’s mental health.



Educational Resources


Creating Schedules & Structures for Online Learning




How to talk with kids about COVID-19


Keeping yourself and others healthy


Helping Students Cope


Olympia School District Technology


Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)


What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.


SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.