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  • Behavioral Health

    Helping children, families and communities thrive.

    Behavioral health is key to your overall health. It includes how people think, feel and act.

    Youth Behavioral Health: What's on their minds? Infographic

    People with good behavioral health can navigate life, have positive relationships and adapt to change. Poor mental health can lead to substance use disorder and other problems.

    Stigma stops people from asking for services or support. That can lead to death. If you know someone with mental health problems, you can help them:

    • Seek treatment if they need it.
    • Connect with people.
    • Join a support group.
    • Seek mental health resources.

    Washington Youth Prevention Voices: Relaxed Alcohol Regulations and Youth

    If you struggle with mental health, you’re not alone. Pierce County surveys show:

    • In 2017: 26% of people over 18 had 1-13 poor mental health days per month.
    • In 2018: People averaged 4 poor mental health days per month. The state average is 3.8.
      • 12% have frequent mental distress.

    To support economic recovery, relaxed regulations are in place for cannabis and alcohol licensees indefinitely through
    Gov. Inslee’s “Healthy Washington—Roadmap to Recovery” plan. Learn more about cannabis and alcohol regulations and youth from the Washington State Liquor Cannabis Board. 

    These things contribute to behavioral health:

    How you can get help.

    Emergency medical services Call 911
    Crisis Line (800) 273-8255 (Veterans, press 1)
    Text: 741741, then hit “Send.”
    Suicide Lifeline (800) 273-8255 (TALK)
    Safer homes, suicide aware Click here.
    Trans Lifeline (877) 565-8860
    Trevor Project (LGBTQ) (866) 488-7386
    Addiction recovery (866) 789-1511
    Treatment referral (877) 726-4727

    How communities can promote positive well-being.

    Mental health is important to physical health and people’s ability to live a full and productive life. A coordinated and comprehensive system that promotes mental well-being, prevents mental illness and substance misuse, and provides access to high-quality and culturally appropriate treatment can improve lives and strengthen our community-especially during stressful times.

    Community coming together during COVID-19

    Communities play a vital role in promoting good mental health. Improving the well-being in our youth is something we can all do. During this time of stress and many unknowns, many are feeling despair including our youth. Social isolation for youth can be particularly difficult. Focusing on prevention and wellness are key to supporting our communities. 

    Creating compassion and understanding

    Faith-based organizations, schools, family support organizations, youth serving resources for example,  play an important role in addressing social issues and protecting people at risk. Trusted community leaders inspire people and promote well-being for all residents. They can engage and meet the needs of their colleagues, friends and communities during times of crisis in ways government can’t.

    When community leaders have practical ways to foster hope and healing with those in need, communities build capacity to prevent, restore and increase emotional resiliency. 

    Partnership and collaboration

    Community leaders and organizations can work to accomplish programs and initiatives that serve at risk individuals and families intentionally and impactfully. Initiatives could include:

    • Implementing neighborhood wellness programs.
    • Mobilizing community-based initiatives.
    • Supporting local businesses.
    • Advocacy for policies and programs designed to end health inequities.



    Allen, Elizabeth
    Health Promotion Coordinator III
    (253) 649-1641