May is Mental Health Month! “Connect to Wellness” with these resources from our partners.

Artwork by Jana Nielsen, winner of the 2013 King County Behavioral Health Recovery Poster Art Contest

May is Mental Health Month and King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD) has partnered with behavioral health providers in our communities to develop and launch our 2022 Mental Health Month campaign, “Connect to Wellness.” 

After more than two years of pandemic living, many King County residents are realizing that isolation and uncertainty have taken a heavy toll on their mental health. As we work to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mental Health Month gives us all an opportunity to rebuild connections that support us on our mental health and wellness journey.

Whether you are facing a mental health concern or living with a mental health condition, we want you to know that you aren’t alone – help is available, and wellness is possible.

Wellness is multi-dimensional and has been described as “the presence of a positive purpose in life, satisfying work and play, joyful relationships, a healthy body and living environment, and happiness.” Ultimately, wellness is personally defined, culturally influenced, builds on the person’s strengths, and aims to increase overall quality of life.

King County residents can now find several actionable resources and activities that may help improve their mental health and wellness on our Mental Health Month webpage. The resources and activities may improve wellness in four dimensions: emotional, environmental, social, and intellectual. 

  • Emotional Wellness – The ability to effectively cope with life’s challenges
  • Environmental Wellness – Good health by occupying pleasant environments that support wellbeing
  • Social Wellness – Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-defined support system
  • Intellectual Wellness – Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills

The webpage includes actionable resources and activities for both youth and adults, and community members are invited to explore a new resource each week in May.

We recognize that many in our communities face a deeper mental health burden because of the added impact of trauma, oppression, and harm, so our Mental Health Month webpage also links to culturally appropriate mental health resources for BIPOC communities.

We invite other organizations to join us in spreading the word about Mental Health Month and the actionable resources and activities to “Connect to Wellness” found on our website.

We would like to thank our 2022 Mental Health Month planning partners for their help with identifying resources, sponsoring activities, and launching our “Connect to Wellness” campaign. Thank you, NAMI Seattle, Recovery Beyond, King County Recovery Coalition & Washington Recovery Alliance, and Peer Washington.