Mental health is an essential part of whole-person health and well-being.
Yet we face an unprecedented national mental health crisis for people of all ages, with the pandemic exacerbating existing challenges and BIPOC communities experiencing deepening, disproportionate gaps in access to care and treatment.

HealthierHere is committed to working to break down the stigma and addressing systemic challenges around mental health, including by supporting the workforce.

For the month of May – National Mental Health Awareness Month – we salute all our partners who provide life-saving mental health services, education, and advocacy throughout King County. Join us in coming together to co-create a better mental health care system for all.

We’ve put together a list of resources and opportunities to step into learning and action:

Resources:

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training
Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals (Free, accredited e-learning program)
NAAMI resources
“Protecting Youth Mental Health” (Advisory from U.S. Surgeon General)
Fact Sheet on Strategy to Address Our National Mental Health Crisis (U.S. White House)
Mental Health Resources in King County & Washington State (The Seattle Times)
BIPOC Mental Health Resources (NAAMI Seattle)
Start Your Path career site to help recruit the next generation of the behavioral health workforce (WA Health Care Authority)

Events, Webinars, & Talks:

Back To Basics: Understanding Mental Health Literacy – May 4
SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week talks – May 9-11
King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy Summit – May 10-12
Employee Burnout and Workplace Mental Health – May 10
Mental Health Action Day – May 19
Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance – May 24th
Recruiting Diverse Mental Health Professionals Workshop (Recording)

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