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You talked. We listened. Now, let’s act together.

Over the past few years we’ve been doing a lot of listening. And you’ve had a lot to say. We asked what you think makes an ideal community, and what you need for you and your family to thrive. You told us what you’re excited about, worried about, and need to be healthy in neighborhoods and communities.

We learned a lot from those conversations. Many of you felt strongly about similar themes.

Sadly, mental illness and substance use disorder (SUD) are widespread in Pierce County and some cannot get the help they need.

Two of the needs people told us about—more social connection and better access to resources—would be strong steps toward addressing behavioral health.

You want more social connection.

The support of friends, neighbors and organizations helps a lot. Knowing a neighbor can be at your door in a few minutes gives you peace of mind. Knowing you can get a meal at a local community center or church helps stretch your food budget.

Social Connections infographic

Organizations that provide after-school care, substance-abuse treatment and mental health services and other resources help you feel like your community cares and your needs will be met.

You’re not alone in feeling this way. Social connections are good for your mental and physical health.

You need better access to resources.

You also told us you need fair access to resources. We hear you. You told us you need a park close to where you live, access to technology, activities for your kids. And you need information and services.

Navigating support services for mental health services and SUD is challenging for many people. A comprehensive and coordinated system benefits everyone.

All these work together to help our neighborhoods and communities give you ways to live together and have the things you need to be healthy. They create healthy relationships and healthy spaces and places—at home, school, work, and in the community—that support well-being.

These services, supportive organizations and other resources don’t happen on their own. They need the coordinated backing of a predictable funding source

We continue working with our community partners to bring resources together to meet the needs you told us about.

And, of course, we will keep listening to you.


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