“No Health Without Mental Health”: Resources to Support Mental Health & Well-being in Our Community

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Cross-posted from Public Health Insider

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being. Mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression, are real, common, and treatable.  

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) and Public Health are teaming up to share resources and communicate the importance of mental health to overall health.  

If your mental health has taken a hit recently, you aren’t alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound impacts on mental health and emotional well-being. Overall, more adults in our region have reported feeling anxious or depressed since the start of the pandemic. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities in King County also face ongoing additional threats to their safety, health, and emotional well-being because of racism and inequities. 

There are practical tools and resources to support emotional health and well-being—including resources by and for BIPOC communities. Taking action to check in with yourself and your community can help to change attitudes and misunderstandings around mental health, making it easier for everyone to access tools and resources to thrive.  

Here are some ways you can help:

Check in with yourself 

Check in with your people