Mental Health Services
Older Adult Mental Health Access Program
The Older Adult Mental Health Access program is designed to assist Snohomish County residents, age 60 and older, in accessing available mental health or chemical dependency services. Good mental health enables us to maintain a high quality of life. Untreated mental health problems can lead to poor health and diminished quality of life. Many older adults encounter challenges that can contribute to depression or other mental health problems including, medical challenges, chronic illness or pain, major life transitions, and loss of loved ones. There is help available. You don't have to go it alone!
Geriatric Depression Screening
Depression is an illness that affects a person’s body, moods and thoughts. It is nothing to be ashamed of and is not a sign of weakness. Depression is treatable, yet it often goes undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in months or years of suffering and disability that might have been avoided.
Senior Services offers a unique program to provide outreach and early intervention to vulnerable seniors who may suffer from depression. We provide services countywide to residents 60 or older who live in non-institutional settings. Program services include educational presentations, depression screening, follow-up consultation, referral, advocacy and short-term counseling support. All program services are free of charge.
Senior Peer Counseling
The Senior Peer Counseling Program offers confidential, no-cost counseling services to Snohomish County seniors, age 60 and older, who are experiencing problems that may be associated with aging. Volunteer peer counselors meet with individuals in their own homes on a weekly basis to offer support for such issues as caregiver stress, loss of loved ones, coping with chronic pain or illness, isolation from family or friends, or other life changes or losses.
Senior Peer Counselors are volunteers, age 55 and older, who are screened, trained, and supervised to offer emotional support to individuals within their own communities. Our volunteers commit to maintaining client confidentiality and the highest ethical standards.
What we provide
- Assessment by a professional
- Free, confidential counseling
- Weekly in-home visits
- Emotional support
- Community resource information
- Support groups
Join our volunteer team to make a difference in someone's life!
We are recruiting volunteers age 55 and older who would like to help Snohomish County seniors in need of emotional support. Volunteers commit to volunteering up to four hours a week (including travel and supervision time) for a minimum of six months, within their own communities.
Forty (40) hours of training is required for all program volunteers. This training gives volunteers the tools they need to use their own life experiences to benefit others.
Previous counseling experience is not necessary; we provide all of the training and supervision necessary to effectively help others. Staff mental health specialists screen all clients in their homes and work with the volunteer in planning counseling sessions.