In light of school closures due to COVID-19 HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools) will be offering mental health support by phone for students, families, and staff of high schools in the 4J, Springfield, Bethel and Oakridge school districts. HOOTS is primarily staffed by and born from the work that the CAHOOTS mobile crisis response program provides the Eugene/Springfield community. HOOTS normally operates weekly clinics at high-schools in our community, each staffed with a crisis counselor and medic.
This phone line will be accessible from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, March 16th and continuing until schools are able to reopen. Staff is able to provide short term counseling, resource referrals, and OHP sign up. We understand that this is a time of heightened anxiety for our community and that we are all in need of additional reassurance and support. Many social services in the area are working on providing services over the phone or via virtual platforms. Please reach out to your ongoing providers to find out if this is something available to you.
For students, families, and staff of Churchill, North Eugene High, Sheldon, South Eugene High, Ecco, Network Charter, Wellsprings, Twin Rivers Charter, Willamette High and Kalapuya, please call (541) 246-2342.
For students, families, and staff of Academy of Arts and Academics, Gateways, Springfield High, Thurston High and Oakridge High, please call (541) 246-2332.
The White Bird Crisis line will continue to be accessible 24/7 by phone at (541) 687-4000. 15th Night will also be continuing to offer support and resources for unhoused youth and those working with them via phone and text at (541) 246-4046.
For an in-person response, CAHOOTS continues to operate 24/7 at this time, if you are in Eugene please call (541) 682-5111, for those in Springfield please call (541) 726-3714.